Goleta, United States
The early stages of the pandemic taught me a lot about myself and opened my eyes to what is most important to me in my life. This photo of an (almost) empty carton of eggs represents a time early on in quarantine where my mom and I had to drive across the county to my aunt’s house where they had stored some goods for us that we were unable to get access to- eggs in particular were completely out of stock in my city for a period of time. The strength that the women in my family showed during these dire times has really resonated with me. Our closeness and commitment to each other has helped me to stay grounded and confident in myself even amidst such uncertainty. Additionally, this was the first time that I had ever worried about getting what I needed, which to me was an absurd realization as I easily get so caught up in my life that I rarely stop to think about my privilege and what others may not have. I made a promise to myself after this that I would attempt to be more mindful and grateful everyday for the life I was given and the inspiring people around me.