As 2020 finally nears its end, I can't help but reflect on some of the experiences that will cement this year forever as one of the most significant in my life. There has been pain and hardship, yes, but there has also been growth, and for me that is the most important part.
I started the year as a student, employed part-time by my college as a tutor. Because of this, I was largely unaffected by the large-scale job loss caused by COVID. My sister was let go over the summer and the company went bankrupt shortly after, but my parents positions are both considered essential so they continued to work throughout the year. My wife has even managed to find a new job in a virtual role during this time, which she loves! For many across the country and the globe, 2020 has spelt heartbreak and tragedy when it comes to finances. Seeing everything that has happened, I can't help but feel extremely lucky to be in the position I am.
The final experience from this year that will define it for me is really an extension of the third, but with the rest of you added in. The public reception of A Light from Below has been incredible. Every review is positive and everyone I've spoken with has loved it! I've dedicated a lot of time, energy, and money into making something that I am truly proud of, and I'll continue to be proud of it no matter what, but the fact that all of these readers appreciate the story as much as I do is amazing. Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased a copy of A Light from below. Thank you to the people who have actually read it (whether you liked it or not). Thank you to everyone who has shared your thoughts on the book with me, I listen and appreciate the support and feedback. And an extra-special thank you to everyone who has rated it or left a review on Goodreads or Amazon--your ratings will encourage others to give me a chance.
2020 has been a difficult year, but in my life (and I'm sure in many of yours as well) a lot has happened that I'm thankful for. Eventually COVID will become a thing of the past, but the memories of everything 2020 has meant for me will always remain.