2020 was a wild year for a lot of us. With staying home, going nuts over toilet paper, and having holidays, if any, alone, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the way we go by our daily life. The global pandemic has impacted people, companies, and industries differently. For example, the Entertainment Industry of music, literature, art, drama, film, etc., has been wrestling with ideas of how to go on. There are people whose weekly income relies on in-person entertainment work, such as drama professors, stage directors, or piano teachers. Forms of art are difficult to teach on an online platform. It takes discussion, representation, and practice to get an artwork right. When you’re online, all of these qualities are harder to grasp, and it takes more out of you to believe in the magic of art you are pursuing. When you’re focusing on staying safe more than anything, where does entertainment become relevant?
I sit at the peak of my rooftops’ ledge I breathe understandably at the sight of the moon alone.
I wave at the planets and universes above.
I know we’re more than just flesh and bone.
Though 2020 has been a weird year for the masses, we have still provided so much change overall. Racial injustice, along with many other issues and forms of activism, has been brought about even more from the murder of George Floyd in May. Even when we go back a couple of decades, John Lewis and his fight for equality is a perfect example of what community we should strive to be. The purpose of these words is to honor John Lewis, all that he did for us, and to contribute to his legacy of Good Trouble (which we will talk about later). Born on February 21, 1940, he became a United States Representative from 1987 to 2020 and was a national Civil Rights Leader. As an important figure of the Civil Rights Era, he did so much to strike improvement and justice. John Lewis had been facing a battle for freedom his entire life – for himself, for his family and friends, for his people, for us. He died from Stage 4 Pancratic Cancer on July 17, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 80.
There are more than 3 million cases of Scoliosis per year in the United States. When something is so common, it should be talked about. I wanted to write this article in hopes that it not only educates whoever’s reading about Scoliosis and normalizes it, especially during the month of June (Scoliosis Awareness Month), but that it also helps you realize that it’s normal in itself to be different. A bent back will never entail that it’s broken.