An open letter to all of us.

Hey friend, we made it.

I know it’s been one hell of a year and I didn’t get to see a lot of it, but I see you. And I’m so proud.

There’s so much we miss behind face masks and closed doors, beyond six feet apart, the damn Plexiglass and computer screens. So much happens in between phone calls and check-ins. All we see are slivers of each other’s reality.

I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a hug when you were falling apart, or a high five when life tasted oh-so-sweet. I didn’t get to see your trials, triumphs…

The world is on pause right now. What would you want for your life when it plays on again?

Photo by Wolf Zimmermann on Unsplash

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t actually control much in our lives. It’s incredibly humbling to be reminded of this truth, but is there anything more human than hope? Planning and dreaming are natural tendencies and in many ways, redemptive actions that get us through the dark unknown.

With the gift of time in our hands and the collective pause we find ourselves in, I’ve been pondering this question quite a bit: What is my dream life after all this? Plenty of us have been re-examining our habits and checking in with our life paths…

A flight deck conversation in the dark provides comfort during a global pandemic.

Photo by Andres Dallimonti on Unsplash

I work as a flight attendant for an airline that repatriated passengers and stranded citizens back home amidst the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowadays, people have become fearful of flying and tight spaces, and justly so, as planes were never designed for social distancing; but I am proud to be part of a team that worked to bring people home to their families despite the risks.

For all the times I’d wished to snatch an empty spot in the employee parking lot nearest the airport entrance, I never wished it like this. There was a quiet sombre acceptance of…

Lizane Tan

Graphic designer and flight attendant curious about the stories in all of us.

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