Photo by Queon “Q” Martin
“2020 was tough, but we woke up this morning in 2021. That’s the GIFT.”
My family did not take an exotic trip last year and that’s OK. 2020 was tough, but we woke up this morning in 2021. That’s the GIFT. Our Nation is getting everyone ready for a promising COVID-19 vaccine, and we are preparing to receive a new president and the first-ever woman vice president. It’s a new day. Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. It’s official with inauguration festivities happening in the coming weeks. I had hoped that I would not lose any friends during this past election. Well, I did. I realized that some childhood acquaintances may never have been true friends? A friend has your back. They stay in touch. They clap when you win and help you through your struggles. They pray for you. They are honest with you, and together you strive to discover the blessings in life that you can both enjoy together. The people I lost after the 2020 Presidential election were none of those things. True, I knew them from elementary and high school and may have won some games with them as teammates, but they were never really my friends when it mattered. This realization puts the losses of 2020 in perspective for me. It actually lessened my burdens. Additionally, I was reminded that everyone you interact with will not be with you for all of your journey. Bigotry and hysteria are real and it’s not my job (or yours) to fix that in everyone we meet. I decided to unsubscribe from toxic people. I wish everyone I’ve had to let go well, and I have resolved that my go-forward world is invite-only; reserved for my true family and friends.
So let’s kickstart the energy in 2021. As one of my favorite motivational speakers – Lisa Nichols – reminds us, “put some extra on our ordinary . . . to get extraordinary!” This issue of SoulVision features the colorful, beautiful and healing art of Mr. Leroy Campbell. We also highlight the images of Lili Lathan and Heidi Abbott, two shutterbugs to watch. We close out the issue with a special story on the first African-American fountain designer in the US – Ms. Traer Price, an uplifting story on caring for our mental health, a first-time guest columnist story from Allyson Edge at Hampton University, and the presidential wisdom of none other than Barack Obama in our Legends section. You get a new look when you have SoulVision. Enjoy!
“I wish everyone I’ve had to let go well, and I have resolved that my go-forward world is invite-only; reserved for my true family and friends.”