“Let’s be honest, I miss embracing my friends. I miss traveling and gatherings and crowds and getting to talk to people without worrying that I’m going to make them sick. Quarantine life is just not in my extroverted nature — and I know I’m not the only one who feels this. 

The saddest part, though, is that I’ve been faring well by comparison. I have safety, food, my health, a loving home and partner, income, and luckily, all my loved ones who have gotten sick have since recovered.

This is why I plan to get my vaccine as early as I can. Because too many people have suffered, and because our collective wellbeing will only be accomplished through individual actions. Because we’re privileged enough to live in a place where a vaccine is even an option. Because to refuse the vaccine would be a slap in the face to everyone who doesn’t have access to one. And above all else, because I’m eagerly awaiting the day that we can once again enjoy parties and concerts and river days and hugging our loved ones with abandon.”