Many people wouldn’t have managed to cope with the hardships of the past year like you have. Although there was a lot to be thankful for, life has a strange way of keeping things in balance. It involves a number of hardships in addition to all the positives.
I witnessed a man scale his small family business into a brand known across his hometown. I listened to a man’s frustrations over low funds in the bank and celebrated financial ease after he landed a well-paying job.
I cried with a young man who lost his grandma to Covid. I’m sorry you had to witness the woman who practically raised you, be taken away by an unfortunate disease so cruelly soon.
Despite how agonizing it was to be far away from you, I developed a new respect for your guts seeing you maintain your strength while grieving and starting a new job at the same time in a quarantine facility.
I don’t think I could ever thank you enough for being there when I was going through the loss of a close friend of mine. The quiet comfort you’ve provided as we struggled to make sense of grief and loss together was a crucial part of my grieving process.
Seeing each other after what felt like forever was a strange experience. I was so accustomed to seeing you on a screen, and being able to hold your face gave me a certain warmth I’ve almost forgotten. I had to relearn the patience of living with someone (and we’re both working on that still). Compromising what we can, and setting boundaries for what we need.
You were truly humbled by what happened in the past year, and I am glad I was there with you, from a distance, and now within arms reach. I enjoyed getting to know your 24 year old self, and I look forward to meeting the 25 year old one.
With my purest love,