Monthly Missive // June 2021

It’s June. This means several things: first, it means that it’s getting real hot over here in my corner of the world and that means that I’m

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It’s June. This means several things: first, it means that it’s getting real hot over here in my corner of the world and that means that I’m not sleeping as well. Secondly, it means that we’re getting real close to a full year of what we call, internally, Heavy Blog 3.0. That’s this format, with Heavy Blog 1.0 being The Jimmy Years, 2.0 starting when Nick and I started running the blog and 3.0 beginning with the first of the Missives. What a run it has been. But don’t worry, I’m going to save the waxing nostalgic and the grandiose retrospectives to September because what I really want to talk about is the third thing. May, June and, to a lesser extent July and August were usually the months when I would travel.

It would usually be instigated by work, run through some of the conferences that I used to attend, and end with some much needed time off. This was the routine, at least until Covid hit, and it “stacked up” nicely in my Facebook memories (oh repository of time!) and create this cool kaleidoscope into the past. But then that chain was severed last year, leading to me missing not one but two of those conferences (I “attended” virtually but that’s it and it, of course, wasn’t close to the same), didn’t see friends I was used to seeing at least once a year, and in general added yet another mental burden to an already burdensome event. But, and herein lies the much buried lede, this is changing. You see, I’m about to set off, once again, for a work trip (in Atlanta), followed by some time off in the capital of cities, one of my favorite places on Earth, New York City.

That’s right! Seeing as I’m vaccinated and that numbers in the US are starting (albeit haphazardly) to drop, work flights are a thing again and I can even go and see my (many) friends in New York. I am incredibly, unbelievably privileged for this to be true. It feels surreal; my immediate surroundings are treating this pandemic as if it has passed and, in many ways, for them and for me, that’s correct. For now, the vaccines are holding and most of my friends live away from epidemic centers. But those centers still exist, make no mistake; in fact, many experts believe we are about to experience, as a globe, the worst wave yet. Too many places are unvaccinated, as a direct result of the disparity in producing and distributing the vaccines.

Which is the sobering thought that has been accompanying me ever since this trip was locked in. There are people all over the planet who are still watching their loved ones choking in hospital beds. There are still economies crippled and shut down and, if we’re being honest, the worst is yet to come even for countries that seem to have “forded” the pandemic. If you’re seeing a pattern in the slowly to recover service industry, the fluctuating stock markets, the concerning news from around the world about conflicts and instabilities, the rising signs that climate change is finally here, has it has been for about a decade by the way, then you are correct. They are all part of the same trend.

OK, now this is the part where I say “capitalism” and you all go “hurray, he said the catchphrase” like I’m Bart Simpson and we all move on. But that’s not actually what I’m here to say; I’m not really here to say anything just to recognize my privilege and to encourage you to recognize your own. In fact, I want to go one step further and ask you to recognize everything you ought to be thankful for; your loved ones, if you have them. Your safety, if you have it. Your roof, your health, your hobbies. Anything you might have. Just take five minutes and think on them. In the end, doing so is a more powerful tool than any admonition, theoretical text or ideology. It is through the things we love and are willing to defend, the things for which we are lucky to be alive, that we will fight for a better world. In the meantime, much of what we can do is to not take them for obvious and I swear I won’t, ever again.

Hey. It’s June. The bugs are waking up. The sun is more intense. The heat rises. The heart swells. I love you. Here’s some fantastic music.

Eden Kupermintz


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