It’s gonna be a year hard to forget.
Like everyone, I was excited to usher in the new decade. It began with great
promise after covering the Gator Bowl win by the Tennessee Volunteers, completing several multimedia projects and launching the podcast. Scruffy Stuff
After two short months the entire world came to a halt, and so did my momentum into the 2020’s. My creativity slumped tremendously and my anxiety overwhelmed me. While I certainly grew as a photographer this past year, I grew far more as an individual. I learned how I react to different stress, how to lean on my support system and focus on wellbeing.
I did the best I could to the best of my ability in 2020. In retrospect, I could have done better with lockdown quarantine coverage and general coronavirus documentation. I am living through history, I keep reminding myself. However, this year I walk away with an understanding and appreciation for mental health. You must take care of yourself first. You cannot succeed in a distressed state of mind, no matter your profession.
The sun sets during a game between Davidson Academy and USJ at the Blue Cross Bowl at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Alcoa’s Camden Burden (8) scores a touchdown in the second half during a Class 3A championship game between Alcoa and Milan at the Blue Cross Bowl at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. USJ’s Andrew Smith (14) wipes his eye after falling to Davidson Academy 53-35 at the Blue Cross Bowl at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Fog shrouds the Henley Street Bridge and Neyland Stadium along the Tennessee River on a cold morning in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Lucreta Chesney, Director of Risk Management, left, and Malissa Mocsari, Clinical Practice Specialist, prepare shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Parkwest Medical Center in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. The state will send 56,550 doses to 28 sites covering 74 hospitals. First line COVID-19 nurse Sid Baker shows his bandaid after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during the first administration of the vaccine to frontline workers at UT Medical in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 17. Frontline health care workers receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Parkwest Medical Center in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 17. Lucreta Chesney, Director of Risk Management, administers a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Parkwest Medical Center. A new peppermint-themed lighting display decorates the Market Square trees for the annual Christmas in the City light celebration in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2020. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s tree lighting ceremony has been cancelled and the Holidays on Ice skating rink relocated to the Civic Coliseum beginning Dec. 11. Cincinnati guard David Julius (0) passes the ball as Tennessee guard Victor Bailey Jr. (12) and Tennessee guard Josiah-Jordan James (5) defend during a game between Tennessee and Cincinnati at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Tennessee forward E.J. Anosike (55) and Cincinnati guard Jeremiah Davenport (24) eye the ball during a game between Tennessee and Cincinnati. Denark Project Superintendent Brad Nokes and COO Steve Lucas lead a tour for Knox News of the former Lay meat packing plant on East Jackson Ave. in the Old City in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The plant first opened in the 1920’s and closed in the early 2000’s. Papers and old work attire are found in an old work station inside the former Lay meat packing plant. A view of the yard inside the former Lay meat packing plant on East Jackson Ave. A group of skaters hold hands on the first day of Holiday’s On Ice at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. The annual event moved indoors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Adult tickets are $11 and children age 12 and under are $8 and runs until January 3rd. Ice skaters skate on the first day of Holiday’s On Ice at the Civic Coliseum. A home is decorated with lights at a drive-by holiday lights display in the Gray Eagle Springs subdivision on Gray Eagle Lane in West Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Motorists are asked to stay in their vehicles and not park along the road to avoid congestion. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a can for a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Long lines of cars slowly pass through a drive-by holiday lights display in the Gray Eagle Springs subdivision. A view of the counter inside Whimsy Cookie, a new cookie bakery on 4927 Kingston Pike, in Bearden in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Holiday themed sugar cookies on display at Whimsy Cookie. Sugar cookie prices range from $3.50 to $4.50. Floats make their way down the road the annual Powell Christmas Parade in Powell, Tenn. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. The K-Town Clogging Co. walks in the annual Powell Christmas Parade. Susan Bentley, of Bentley & Associates Home Inspections, shops for clothes for her “adopted” family at Target in Turkey Creek in Farragut, Tenn. on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Six members part of the Farragut Chamber are helping buy presents for disadvantaged families. From left, signature dishes served by Kitchen AlÕ Dente are garlic butter rolls, spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti and lasagna, pictured here at The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Director Demi Klonaris and Spaces in the City worked to keep catering employees working during the pandemic.
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