“Is this really happening?”

March 11 was the last time I wrote my letter from the editor for Interrobang. I’d been monitoring the news as I chipped away at work, as usual. But that day, the news cycle took an unprecedented turn.

At the beginning, it seemed Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing would be the event du jour, with 23 years for first-degree criminal sexual act and rape. Not nearly long enough, but still — there was some kind of catharsis. And then, the headlines switched towards the virus that had locked down the faraway place of Wuhan, China.

Navigator. Londons student lifestyles magazine.

And together, we realized: the virus was no longer far away. It was here.

Our collective realities shifted in the days, weeks and months to follow. We lost jobs. We lost school. We lost each other. And at some points, we lost ourselves.

And during those points I would ask myself, “Is this really happening?”

For better or for worse, I learned the answer wasn’t so much a matter of knowing the truth, but of our willingness to accept it.

The world is in a constant state of change. Always has been. Always will be, and life forever is what you make of it.

I say, do your best to accept what comes without fear. Resisting change creates pain, but accepting its inevitability can lead to growth and progress, if you want.

In our little corner of the world, I’m pleased to announce that Interrobang’s format has transitioned to include articles from the team at Western University’s Gazette. This is but one of many changes we have up our sleeves this year, as the future is ours to create as we see fit.

Welcome to a brave new world, Fanshawe and Western.

And so it goes,

Angela McInnes

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