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Life won’t go back to normal right away, but growth and resilience are possible anyway. 

Good afternoon.

Marielle Argueza here, contemplating New Year’s resolutions. A year ago, while writing down my resolutions for 2020, I would have never expected 2020 to have become the year it was. I experienced so much growth in 2019 that 2020 felt boundless. But of course, the world had other plans.

When the pandemic began, I felt my growth stunted. But as I found my footing in a shaky year, I realized that the people around me were trying their hardest to hang on, find meaning, help their neighbors, survive and grow despite the confinement. I didn’t have to look hard to find those stories. Artists found a new sense of productivity, families shifted responsibilities, seniors still came out of the woodwork to volunteer despite the threat the virus posed. These are things we should be proud of, regardless of setbacks our own lives have taken.

When I look back at my old resolutions from 2020, half of them were impossible due to the public health concerns still present today. But as I recommit to my resolutions this year, I’m prepared to adapt, to change to shift my perspective in the lowest parts—because undoubtedly there will be those parts too. 

So whatever you plan to do in 2021, know that while it won’t go back to normal right away, growth and resilience are possible anyway. 

-Marielle Argueza, staff writer,

Marielle Argueza is a staff writer and calendar editor for the Weekly. She covers education, immigration and culture. Additionally, she covers the areas of Marina and South County. She occasionally writes about food and runs the internship program.

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