The Collective Trauma

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Now, we are all experiencing something very similar. It’s worse, though.

This pandemic has directly impacted us in the United States for over a year. The first person that I knew who almost didn’t make it from the virus was someone incredibly close to me. At that time in March 2020, nobody else that I knew had it. The lockdowns began, and people started to complain that they were getting bored. Meanwhile, I was caring for the person that I love the most and just waiting for the virus to “get me” next.

Then, there are those moments that feel like fever dreams (for lack of a better term).

The moments when you get to go out with your family to a safe and socially-distanced function bring back the joy. It allows you to feel like maybe life will not always be this way. Maybe one day, the next generation will get to grow up with the same freedom that we did. For now, we are in a state of perpetual lockdown. We are talking to our therapists online, expressing our worries and concerns.

Writer and author • Interested in mindfulness and spirituality • Fascinated by interpersonal connections • 🌈LGBTQ+

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