"October 2021" by Emma Landry
This year has been full of complete and utter chaos. COVID-19 deaths have hit an unsettling milestone of over 200,000 reported deaths. We’ve been cooped up in our houses for months on end, resulting in a slight feel of cabin fever. The west coast has been all but burnt to the ground. Many places I’ve personally called home have lost their lush green to a dark ash. Racial injustices are soaring at a horrifying height. Our political climate has been less than stable. The literal climate has been less than stable. Even those of us that have been lucky enough to have no major loss have managed to lose at least a little. None of us are making it out of 2020 completely unscathed. Quite honestly, all of us have lost something, big or small.
All the loss aside, there’s lessons to be learned. Thinking about the present has brought me unimaginable stress, so I’ve chosen to use the present as a tool to look at the future. We can’t ignore what’s happening right now, it's all just too important. Our present demands attention. However, if we use the present and see it as a beacon of hope rather than a black hole, we have a chance to make it out of this with some optimism still intact. Here’s what I optimistically envision for October 2021:
COVID deaths have ceased as countries have chosen to take appropriate action. We may not have a cure or a vaccine yet, but we have learned how to better treat those that present symptoms. COVID will no longer be killing.
Not only has our government learned how to approach the pandemic crisis, but the climate crisis, as well. Laws and actions have been enacted to help reduce our part in polluting our Earth. By no means is it reversed, but we’re finally moving in the right direction.
The world is opening back up and thriving. We’re able to safely attend concerts and festivals. We can now travel the world and see places that have been on lockdown for months. We can see each other
And finally, and maybe most importantly, we’re in the midst of one of the biggest civil rights movements of all time and are starting to see government policy reflect that. All of the grand ideas we created for how institutionalized racism can be dealt with have been brought to the table and we are starting to see a real change. We’re finally starting to create a world we’d be happy to have our children live in.
I see our crumbling present and look at how we can glue it back together to create a future worth fighting for. Right now, our world, to many, may seem too far gone, but if we try to see the little specks of hope, we have a lot going for us. It’s all about perspective.