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Mid-Year Check In!

Throwback - Pre-pandemic and pandemic weight gain😩

Jimmy Kimmel did a segment on June 1st poking fun of the many reporters and news anchors who said verbatim, “I can’t believe it’s June already.” But the statement is true, some of us are having a hard time believing that we are already six months into 2021. 

It was around this time last year when Dr. Fauci painfully stated that it could be over a year before the world would be back to normal. I remember hearing him saying this and thinking, “I cannot spend another year like this!” 

Here we are, at the apex of the US. being completely re-open, nearly half of Americans fully vaccinated, and things like the Chicago Auto Show and Lollapalooza back in business. 

My grandma used to say, “Time sholl does bring about a change.” I never  knew what she meant until now. Time does bring change. And over the past 18 months, we’ve all seen our fair share. 

Today, I went to the mall. For the first time since January 2020, and the change that politicians have continued to mention was in plain sight. The once vendor filled mall was full of empty stores and fixture empty rooms - leaving me with a visual image of just how bad the pandemic was economically. The GAP and NY& CO was closed Y’ALL! 

While I’m fully aware of how superficial my sentiments are right now, I know y’all feel me. If the GAP couldn’t keep its doors open, how is the lady that does my brows doing right now? 

I can remember heading to her chair, in the middle of the mall, waiting on my turn to have my eyebrows threaded to perfection. The worst part, is that I don’t even remember her name. 

This brings me to another thought. Prior to the pandemic how many of us purchased services and never bothered to get the name of the person who was taking care of our first world needs?  Did you really care about the people that work at your local grocery stores or care for the safety of the homeless pre-pandemic? 

For me, one of the things that changed the most during the pandemic is how unaware I was of the people around me and how intertwined we all are.

I think about how angry I’d been when the internet crashed but not what that meant for the men and women who had climb the cable lines. 

So as we check in, six months after presumably one of the hardest years to date, how has your perception of the world changed? Will you now go back to normal the same way you did before? 

Let me know your thoughts. 

Wishing you love and light, as we indoctrinate ourselves BACK OUTSIDE! 

Capt Sista Gurl! 


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