As we near the end of one of the most difficult years of our lives, let us take a moment to reflect together and finally put 2020 behind us.
The struggles of the past 12 months were many: The worst pandemic in 100 years and unprecedented loss of life, the most controversial presidency of our lifetimes, and the brutality and pain of systemic racial inequities being revealed on almost a daily basis. All of this on top of significant job loss, fear for the wellbeing of our loved ones, and worry about our uncertain futures.
Despite the heaviness of these challenges, we enter the new year with hope. As more and more people get vaccinated against COVID-19, the loss of life, stressors on the economy, and social isolation will begin to recede. Regardless of your political leanings, our nation needs leadership that brings people together, creates policies that protect the country and those living in it, and gives everyone an equal chance to live a meaningful and fulfilling life—I am hopeful that all of our public servants in Washington, DC can pull together and achieve those goals. Finally, as millions of people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds unite in the peaceful pursuit of addressing and dismantling systems of racial injustice, we begin to see a vision of a society where we are all valued for our talents, perspectives, and contributions to building a better world. They say hindsight is 20/20. I believe we can learn from all that has happened this year. We can grow from it. We can be better because of it. If we don’t give up hope on each other, we can march toward a brighter future together. Wishing you all a holiday season of connection, healing, and love, and may January 1st truly begin a new year for you and your families.
Dr. Delvena Thomas