First off, we’d like to sincerely apologize for the stretch of time it took to complete this issue. Work, school, life, general quarantine madness – contributed to this now winter issue of Distanziner. Nevertheless, we want to thank you all for your patience and support. In particular, we’d like to applaud the contributors who created such wonderful and thoughtful pieces.
This issue was themed around imagined futures, whether it be the coming weeks, months, years, or even decades. Back in August when we were planning this issue, universities announced they would mostly be conducted online, many businesses continued to work from home, and we were preparing for a second wave. The outlook was bleak, the world was especially in need of creative minds to both inspire and invigorate. Nobody knew how long this pandemic would last and so we wanted to encourage our readers to think about the future. Although the future remains uncertain, just like the present, it is clear that we’re all striving to build stronger communities and work towards a better new normal, whatever that may be. It’s this hope for the future that helps us strive to be better each day, whether it’s to call a friend or family member, take some personal time for your mental health, or walk outside and enjoy the December air.
As 2020 comes to a close, this will be the final issue of Distanziner for the foreseen future. The site will remain up if you ever need a reminder of this unique time in history or if you need some comfort that even in 2021 and beyond, you are not alone.
Thank you to all our readers and contributors – your support and work is needed more than ever and we are grateful for your openness, inspiration, and creativity. We appreciate you all joining us on this journey with Distanziner.
Virginia & Angela