Friday December 11, 2020
I’m pretty sure the trend for New Years’ parties this year will be to see how badly we can trash 2020, this “challenging” year that has handed us disease, discord and dysphoria. Believe me, I’ll be doing the same, myself.
But I also hope to mark the transition with a little reflection on how much I’ve learned, how much I’ve evolved, new and unexpected skills I’ve acquired. While I’m banking on the fact that 2021 will be better—healthier, more humane, just EASIER—I’m also determined to acknowledge how profoundly the events of the past year have affected me. I will resist the urge to “put it all behind me” and instead try to incorporate these experiences, events and feelings into a new perspective—wearied, a little scarred and jaded, but wiser and more prepared for the next challenge.
One of the bright spots of the past year for me has come from the sense of community we share as the DFPA. Seeing us collectively rely on one another and care for one another has been inspiring, and in that way I am certain that this year has made us stronger in many ways as a community. I look forward to what we can accomplish when the challenges abate and we’re able to fully focus our strengths and energies on the art that drives us.