2020 has been a whirlwind of worldwide events, with the coronavirus causing nations to close their borders and slowing economies to a crawl. This year has brought high levels of uncertainty into our lives, with all the job losses, the possibility of getting COVID-19 and unknowingly infecting a loved one with it. On top of that the political state of the USA sparked a global conversation (including Nigeria, where I am). It’s a lot to process, especially as we try to stay safe and fight for social justice at the same time.

As a realistic optimist, it’s hard not to see all the pain in the world, but in this instance, we have a great opportunity before us. For the first time in a long time, we get to decide what’s important in our lives and in the culture we live in. However, it can be difficult to take steps toward creating a space for ourselves and our families while also being pushed by the zeitgeist, movements, and social pressures.

I have a lot on my mind and the best way to put them down is to break them down into three parts  talking about my experience with being creative in uncertainty, staying true to yourself during a political movement and finding opportunity in times of crisis.

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