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By Will Eichler

During a particularly confused period of my life right before the pandemic hit, I was considering applying for a Master of Fine Arts Program. I was feeling lost, having just moved back to Delaware after a brief stint in New Jersey, and I had absolutely no idea what to do with myself. All I really knew was that I liked to write, so getting an MFA seemed like a good idea. Of course, seeing as deciding in the spur of the moment in the midst of an existential crisis to go to graduate school isn’t really a good idea. After getting some advice from an old professor, I dropped the idea, kept applying for jobs, and eventually the pandemic hit. And with that, my life, like so many other people’s lives, started to stand still. During this pandemic, I’ve somehow managed to accomplish a few things, mainly helping to get Next Page Ink up and running with Cheryl and Dakota. However, I’ve spent a lot of time just trying to make sense of a world that often seems determined to not make any sense. I write when I can, I keep up with the news, and I try to cut myself some slack. Honestly, I think that’s the most important lesson I could have learned last year. 2020 was of course a pretty unique example of troubling times, but there’s also going to be something coming that may hinder your progress, but it’s not going to stop it. You just need to cut yourself some slack, let yourself get back on track, and keep moving when you can.

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