• Kathy Le

2020 Reflections by the UrbanYEG Team Part 2

As 2020 comes to an end, members of the UrbanYEG team wanted to share their personal accounts of a high and a low from over the last year. This winter season may be filled with various and contradicting emotions, and we wanted to especially reflect on one of the most memorable years yet. This is a reminder that we are all in this together- in both the ups and the downs and into the new year. Here is a submission from UrbanYEG team member Evan Wong (@archcurate).

“This year, after the pandemic hit, I had climbed up and up in my professional life with my program, my organizations that I led and currently lead, and the completion of an artist residency. I was awarded several scholarships, I grew my online business selling my artwork, and moved into my own apartment for the first time ever. I have affected positive change in my communities, from directly advocating on the provincial level with the government, as well as landing a paid practicum involved in the COVID-19 vaccine response.

However, the downside to all of that is that I am a workaholic, and I used the “extra” time during the pandemic and managed to overcommit. This overcommitment looked like me getting less and less sleep, chatting less with friends, and having less time to follow my interests beyond my ambitions. Although I am thankful for the opportunities that I got during the pandemic, I wish I had pursued them in a way that was more balanced. I am only regretful in the sense that I could have spent more time with my brother who I lived with and being a better brother during a pandemic when it mattered most.

With 2021 coming, I hope I can better utilize my time as a brother and son as opposed to being a workaholic.”

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