Almost one year ago to the day, my colleagues and I left our office for the last time—not knowing it would be the last time, for a long time. The intervening year has left plenty of us feeling the enormous weight of loss—of loved ones or dear friends, of time and experiences out in the world, and of pleasures as simple as the ability to share an impromptu meal with a neighbor. But the past year has been about more than loss. Some have found a road out of hopelessness, back to their faith; others have rediscovered the joy of cooking a meal at home or the majesty of our own backyards.
To mark one year in quarantine, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and organizers to reflect on what they’ve lost or found during the pandemic. We’re not through this, yet—but a new day is rising, one that makes us hopeful that the year to come will be different.