Santa Barbara, USA
After having been in three accidents as a passenger in the span of 6 months, I started the pandemic with a fear of riding in cars. As a passenger I would feel trapped, helpless, sure that every turn would result in a massive collision; I guess living in a world facing Covid-19 made me feel much of the same. Playing music in the car was one distraction of choice, closing my eyes and suppressing my thoughts was another. The pandemic gave me time to work through my car anxieties, which led to more introspection, and consequently to larger realizations. I ended up coming out as transgender in the middle of this era of chaos. I've handled this pandemic like I've handled my transition and my fear of cars; one day at a time, knowing that the ride may be daunting but at least I'm moving forward.