I Am Vaccinated

A year on from starting this blog

It happened.

What seemed impossible, or at least impossibly far away, just one year ago has happened.

On April 6, 2020, I got word that I was being laid off, along with most of the people with whom I worked.

On April 6, 2021, I became eligible to make an appointment for a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is, incredibly, not only extant, but also safe and effective.

On April 17, 2021, I received my first dose of a vaccine I hadn’t dared to hope for just months earlier.

On May 8, 2021, this blog celebrated its one-year anniversary in its current incarnation, The Go To Hell Space.

On May 15, 2021, I received my second and final dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

On May 29, 2021, it will have been 2 weeks since receiving my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the period of time after which experts say you can be considered “fully vaccinated.”

At this time, my body will have manufactured enough microscopic goo that I can once again feel safe going to the laundromat.

It’s been such a weird, long year. So much of it blurs together. There were some pretty good parts, some just okay parts, and some really less than okay parts. A lot of things stayed the same, and a lot of things changed forever. In a lot of ways, it was just another year, albeit one where we all had to stop and stay in one place for a while and sometimes be hyper-aware of that reality.

All in all — and I really don’t mean for this to be a “closing the loop” or “Covid is over” post because a lot of this year is going to be with us for a very long time still — it really could have been worse.

I got to stay inside all summer, which is my dream for every summer anyway. I got to start living with my partner. I got to see what life — such as it was in the past 12 months — was like beyond my job for a while. There was a lot of soul searching, a lot of figuring out what it is I want to do.

And I started a blog.

And I still like it.

So, while this thing was birthed out of the Covid Year, and while things might start to change back just a bit, I enjoyed writing before all this, and I’ll keep enjoying it after.

So I’ll be here.

Hope you wanted something to read.

– Mike

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