The Impact of America’s Two Pandemics on My Travel Plans

The Impact of America’s Two Pandemics on My Travel Plans

Hello lovely people, I’m back!

Wow! What a year 2020 has been thus far. Since the pandemic started, I have been taking classes online, having more zoom meetings than I can count, but most of all trying to put together my thoughts about all that has been happening around the world. It hasn’t been easy to process all that has changed in my life from this pandemic.

I had internship and work plans that were canceled because of covid-19. I was supposed to travel out of the country to visit my grandmother in Cameroon for her 80th birthday before I went back to school. However, because of the pandemic and the travel ban from Europe it is not possible at this time. I also will be starting school earlier than I ever have before so that we can go back to campus and return home before flu season.

No one wants to start off their last year of college like this. Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic is just as prominent and a part of our lives now as the racism we in the African-American community face in the U.S. and are currently protesting about. I haven’t been able to join any protests yet, however, I have been able to get a job as a digital organizer for a non-profit grassroots organization called Virginia BLOC which works to educate Virginia citizens about what the purpose of voting and the census is, and to be the bridge about important legislative decisions between citizens and Virginia legislators. You can find more information below:

As a Black woman living in America I feel led to share some information about my experiences. This being said, I have put together below some posts I have seen on social media that not only give great insight into what is currently happening and how to take action, but also give you an inside perspective to some of my experiences living in the U.S. for the past 21 years of my life.

I titled this post the impact of America’s two pandemics on my travel plans because I am currently creating a plan on what I would like my life to look like after this pandemic is over and after I graduate. I had already begun to consider moving abroad after graduation for a little while before I begin grad school. However, now that I have time to think about the future, I am certain I will be moving abroad but I am not certain about if I will return after I finish grad school.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am all for doing what change is needed by being an active part of your country as an involved citizen, but after studying abroad I realize I can still do that while living abroad but also keep my distance from the emotional and mental trauma that is plaguing the African-American community in the U.S. Despite everything that is happening, I am still grateful to be born here in this country because I know the power of an American passport and having the American dollar from traveling around the world.

However, I will not subject myself to the abuse that is the norm in this society. I would like to have a family one day, and I want my kids to grow up in a multicultural and multilingual environment that encourages them to embrace their heritage and their diversity. Until the U.S. government and their actions are in alignment with these values, I cannot see the States as a part of my future.

P.S. Here are some links to more resources and information about what is going on in the U.S. and ways to support and take action on this war against injustice. When you know better, you MUST do better!

Peace and Love,

Lydia M.

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