Unapologetically Canadian
Unapologetically Canadian

Episode 49 · 1 year ago

Ruminations on 2020 and the pandemic


There are many ways to deal with a crisis. In 2020, we all discovered how well we handle uncertainty and stress. Some of us kept working in essential services. Others used the time to create works of art. Some people couldn’t work and struggled instead to find ways to occupy their minds and bodies in ways that helped others. Together, we grew and learned grace.

My name is Tracy Aeo and I am unapologetically Canadian. This is my ruminations on a pandemic and how we all are to deal with a crisis in two thousand and twenty one. Before I start, I just want to say that last year, among my resolutions as I vowed to greet people with bulger high as often as possible and continue cutting my use of greenhorse gas gases. First was easy. Bus are high works really well to politely highlight lingualism. I even use it on my website. With the second, well, the pandemic meant that everyone on earth cut their production of greenhouse gases thanks to a global crisis. There are many ways to deal with a crisis, and I think in two thousand and twenty all of us discovered how we handle on certainty and stress. This was a tough year. Whether we kept our jobs, helped...

...others keep theirs, or kept trying to create them. Some of US kept working in essential services, others use the time to create works of art. Some people couldn't work and struggled instead to find ways to occupy their minds and bodies in ways that helped others. I did a little all, but I did didn't stay consistent with my blog, post, podcast or giveaways, but I did keep them active. If I learned anything in two thousand and twenty, it's that I cope and everyone else copes with things that others know nothing about. I did, however, discover the beauty of grace, giving others the grace of assuming they had good intentions even when they reacted badly. I really appreciated the many opportunities to receive the support of others through so many challenges. Many of us sat on the verge of falling apart, and yet few people actually did. This is a year when we can all congratulate each other.

We are all so lucky. My trips through a Mexican beach in January to see the luminars in Toronto in March and our romantic spa weekend with my husband in Quebec in April seem like eras from a different lifetime. Most of this year consisted of long walks and local parks, bike rides along the overdone waterfront and last weekend's inventure looking at the Christmas lights downtown and visiting an outdoor gallery in the gay village. Many Times this year I got reminded that local travel can open up adventure, beauty and a look at culture beyond my own just as much as any trip, as long as I keep a saught positive attitude. It was a good lesson to have. Now, as I get older, it will be possible to keep having adventures as long as I keep remembering to regularly travel outside my comfort zone. From a work point of view,... someone who runs markets and rights, I was busier than ever. In Two thousand and twenty. I attended several virtual business conferences and meet UPS via zoom, go to Webinar, facebook, Google meets, clack and discord. They weren't as good as traveling to these things in person, but they were they were better in other ways, and that I didn't have to move so I could attend more of them, and meeting people by writing in chats and doing zoom discussions in break it rooms was a good way to remind yourself that you can connect to people even when you're isolating. As online meaning tools became essential for business in two thousand and twenty, they opened up possible possibilities for personal connection to some of the Times I remember best. We're playing fibbage online with my sisters, their husbands and our good friends. These events helped me to connect better to distant family and friends and I hope to keep that up in the future. They were almost as pleasant as playing games in a tent outside in the backyard with my husband and two adult children and picnic picnicking...

...outside with colleagues and friends. My friend Diana led me to eat a fascinating story about researcher studying happiness, and the quote I like best came from the University of British Columbia Vancouver psychology professor, Elizabeth done. She said, I think a potential upside of the pandemic is that it may renew our capacity to enjoy some of the pleasurable little experiences that many of us, prior to Covid nineteen, probably took for granted. Gee's probably right in a drug. In addition to struggling to reset our culture, to appreciate online connections and to get used to new pandemic mask and distancing style, we also faced a lot of tragedies. The death of George Ford Junior in May created a global black lives matter movement that I hope will continue to resonate in the coming years. Then,... October we all witnessed nurse Nurses Insult Joyce quick when, an indigenous woman here in Quebec who was suffering and later died. I can only hope that her film triggers a similar indigenous lives matter movement here in Canada and around the world. Add that to the loss of important thinkers like Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Richard Gwynn, Canadian legends like Journalists Allen Fartheringham and Christie Blatchford, Games host Alex Trebeck, Blues led Chin Slomi Bay, skier Rona Wertel, Rush Drummer Neil pert and politicians John Turner and John Crosby. Losing all these people definitely makes the world a smaller place. This year also marked a decade since my mom died. To commemorate her memory, I participated in the great cycle challenge, which got me exercising a lot in August and got me asking people to donate to a really good cause, and I was really happy to actually...

...have made my donation pledge thanks to donations from many of you. Thank you so much for your support. Another first first this year was participating in Nano Ramo, the national law novel writers. Month I attempted to write fiftyzero words in a novel. Only wrote half that, but the experience was a good one and will be repeated in two thousand and twenty one. During this global pandemic, I learned more than ever how important it is to eat seasonally, live locally, stay involved in your community, be kind and stay sorry. I became even more unapologetically Canadian. Thank you for listening to unapologetically Canadian. Please consider supporting our podcast for tow hundred and ninety nine a month. Joint select listeners and get additional episodes every month.

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