TALES FROM A TIME OF COVID 19 (15th in a series): Pedro Arroyo – A friend’s thoughts at the end of 2021

Last quiet Sunday of the year, and I can’t help but reflect while having coffee in my balcony. (It’s cold, y’all, but I had to!) Despite the insanity of Covid-19, I have done many things. I have traveled, I have felt, I have loved, I have screamed, I have cried, I have laughed, I have learned, I have sung, I have gained weight, I have lost weight, I have gained it again, I have walked, I have slept, I have… You get the idea. 2021 is bound to be the most uncertain year in our lifetimes, because at least at the beginning of 2020, we had a bit of normalcy; 2021 remains uncertain for everyone. What I do know is no matter what challenges 2021 brings, I will continue to face them with strength and pride. I will sing, I will fight, I will love, I will feel, I will cry, I will laugh… Again, you get the idea. In the meantime, I will continue to physically (not socially) distance, and will wear my mask. Let’s make 2021 the year of kindness, solidarity, and resilience!

Pedro Andre Arroyo Ojeda