“Has anyone cried after you gave them the shot?” I asked the doctor who gave me the vaccine.
“No,” he said.
“Well, it looks like you’re going to have your first one now.” 😭
I cried because I’m a hypochondriac and I can get in my head and boom — panic attack city.
And I cried because, well, what a year. I think I can count on two hands the times I’ve spent with people over the last year. Yes, universe, I’ve proven that I can live alone on the proverbial mountaintop and be a-ok (provided I have access to, like, a full out kitchen and a nice tub). But we aren’t built to be alone. Humans are built for connection and we thrive when we do.
I’m so grateful for the medical staff across Canada and worldwide who are administering the vaccine and calming and listening to people like me. I’m thankful for the scientists who worked on the vaccine. I’m thankful for the people who are doing their part to be vaccinated. And I’m thankful for my friends and family who checked in on me today.
While I’ve handled myself superbly well throughout the last 13 months (I feel like I can teach a masters degree in how to love your own company), I know this to be true — we need each other. We really do.
Here’s to a year that’s filled more with connection than separation.
Vaxxed ✔️Next stop, waxxed. 💅