Hey everyone. Happy New Year's Eve to you all! It felt appropriate to end this year by taking a look back at what "America 2020" was all about- both literally and in terms of this project- so I hope you'll take a moment to reflect with me.
At the beginning of the year, I was SO full of hope for everything- for traveling, for filmmaking, for uniting America with my awesome documentary...
Here, on December 31, I understand where some of you may be chuckling at my naivete or feeling pity for the derailment of my dreams... but I imagine most of you are shaking your heads with me and saying "I feel ya." Things did not go as planned this year for most of us (any of us??) and I think a lot of us are still reeling and trying to find solid ground below us.
I have tried to be honest and transparent with all of you, if nothing else, and I want to stay the course here by saying yeah, this year sucked. My heart still tells me nothing will ever be okay, and that everything should just go in the dumpster fire and we should all just move on in our new realities and start over. But my head is still fighting the good fight by reminding me that nothing good comes easy, that this year had so many blessings, and that I am (and my project is) worthwhile.
This year I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to give my project a try, to meet so many of you, to travel across the country and back, and to hear so many great stories. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to live somewhere way out of my comfort zone and spend some downtime working on myself and my goals, as well as connecting with close friends and loved ones. I learned so much this year- everything from how to be more self-sustainable to how to be a better neighbor to *everyone*. Best of all, I was lucky enough to spend time bonding with my brother and his family, including my little nephews, and that was truly priceless.
As we look toward 2021, I hope that we can all count our blessings, remind ourselves of the things we gained this year, hold space in our hearts for the things we grieved (and continue to grieve), and that we can start this new year with healthy, positive intentions. I hope that we will treat one another with kindness and empathy, that we will think of others before ourselves, and that we will do everything in our power to make this world a better place for everybody.
Thanks to a pep talk yesterday from a dear friend and filmmaking colleague, I feel ever more convinced that this project is valuable and important for these times. It may not be the America "2020" Project anymore, but I hope to still share visions of the modern American Dream with you, from coast to coast, all fifty of our beautiful United States. Please stay tuned and continue to follow along as we develop the project into it's new form. I can't wait to meet even more of you and hear your incredible stories in the days to come.
Until then, please be smart, be safe, be healthy, and be kind. And have a WONDERFUL New Year!