A Letter to 2020

Dearest 2020:

Thank you. You’ve been but the most challenging pain in my ass, yet ever-impactful teacher all at once. Kind of like my Grade Four teacher, Miss Osborne: Harsh and cold in her delivery but some pivotal teachings imparted, nonetheless.

Thank you for the numerous losses and transitions, both personal and professional, that forced me to pivot on a dime and lean into the heavy discomfort, while owning my own power, resourcefulness, and resilience.

Thank you for reminding me of the connection that abounds amidst the greatest disconnection I’ve ever experienced.

Thank you for showing me those souls in my circle who showed up in a big way for me and allowed me to show up for them in return.

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to reap what I have sown and practice what I preach, with respect to the deep healing work.

Thank you for reminding me that I am a self-containing universe, and that I have all that I need within me and also around me (with the exception of toilet paper during weird, trying times), regardless of what is going on around me.

Thank you for (re)-illuminating the stark realities of the systemic oppression and injustice that exists in our world and, while it is entirely belated, that there are a whole lot of humans who are finally seeing and actively fighting against it.

Thank you for strengthening my connection to nature and for reminding me of just how much I need and lean on her. She continues to hold me.

Thank you for showing me those parts and patterns of my Self that I must continue to work on, diligently.

Thank you for reminding me of the inevitable impermanence of things, situations, relationships, etc., and my capacity to gracefully surrender, let go, and trust.

Thank you for enhancing my spiritual practice and unshakable faith in the process.

Thank you for fostering a deep reconnection and realignment with my values—for making clear, what matters and what ego or society tells me should matter.

Thank you for reinforcing my knowing that we are truly all in this together.

And, finally: Thank you for reminding me to say thank you. To be grateful. To revel in the perfect imperfectness of this life.

With the utmost thanks and gratitude,

J

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