Note from the Editor-in-Chief
Hi everyone! I hope you are safe and healthy. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year has been an interesting one for all of us. When the lockdown came into force in mid-March, I was one of those who had so many thoughts and questions about all of it, but I wanted to make sure that I’d make the best out of it by challenging myself in a way I had never done before. I am an ordinary person dealing with occasional little cracks of doubt and disbelief in myself, but I wanted to challenge myself, at this time, to always have the ability to encourage someone so I made quality calls to check in on my friends and family on a daily basis while self-quarantining – but I’d usually end up the one feeling encouraged.
Although this is a continuous challenge, in order to be able to truly care for others, I have learned the importance of appreciating my own life as a starting point from which to see a whole new set of values. Instead of considering how difficult this year has been, I’d like to make 2020 the strongest year ever so that in 5 or 10 years, I will be able to look back at this year and say, “Because of what I went through, I was able to see my real strength. Because of what we went through, we looked for the strengths in others – and the world changed for the better in that year.”
On behalf of CIVILIAN, I would like to thank healthcare professionals and first responders, as well as countless individuals contributing to the greater good of society. Additionally, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to every single person who has supported this issue (and our past issues), whether seen or unseen, in addition to the EPK Media team, led by Vanessa Ferrelli and JP Martinez. Thank you so much for always letting CIVILIAN come from individuals for individuals and stay with individuals – through thick and thin.