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One Thread

from 2020101 (2021) by Shannon Curtis

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If it wasn’t obvious to us before, our story collection has made it clear that, for a lot of people, 2020 was a hard year.
It was a year which left many people feeling like they were just barely hanging on.
Like they were living on a razor’s edge.

It was honestly kind of tough to read about and absorb the energy of people’s struggles this last year. And, also … we feel honored to be witness to their experience; and we feel grateful to know that we haven’t been alone in the ways we’ve struggled, too. Stories are powerful like that.

People shared with us about …
… how they felt their emotions being much closer to the surface than they were used to.
… how small things that didn’t go quite right could result in an unexpected flood of tears.
… how their close relationships often suffered from depleted tanks of resilience.
… how small stresses felt bigger.

People told us …
… about how the isolation of social distancing really got to them.
… about how they craved hugs.
… about how they desperately missed time with friends and family.

For people who live with anxiety, or PTSD, or myriad other psychological and emotional challenges, the drumbeat of stimuli from the stresses of the year were compounding factors in the maintenance of their mental health. Rather than trying to thrive in this time, for many it became enough just to survive.

2020 seemed to be especially difficult for empathetic people, too, who — on top of taking care of their own emotional wellbeing — had to figure out strategies to manage the worry they felt for others and for the world itself.

And we heard from several people who celebrated the fact that they stayed sober in 2020, leaning extra hard on recovery tools, like acknowledging what was in their power to change and what was not. And, most of all … by taking this extraordinarily hard year just one day at a time.

So … here’s to all of you who made it through, who are making it through, one day at a time, hanging on for dear life.
We’re so glad you kept yourselves tethered.

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I just pulled one string
It was hanging loose
But when I pulled the whole thing unraveled in my hands
And it’s a stupid little thing
But I just stood there and cried
Over a stupid little thing
The reservoir was deep
Wind and waves thrashing for release
From the unrelenting anguish of this time
This time
I don’t know how we’re gonna survive

Hanging on by this one thread in my hands
Keeping me tethered to something
I’m out in the wind hanging on

I do realize that I’m talking to myself
It’s not like I haven’t been alone before
It’s just I didn’t know emptiness could get emptier
Like this pit in my gut
That’s craving touch, and laughter, and casual conversation
To break up the echo that’s bouncing off the walls
I’m just so tired
So tired of it all

Hanging on by this one thread in my hands
Keeping me tethered to something
I’m out in the wind hanging on
By this one thread

I’m sorry, I keep talking about myself
And I know there are bigger burdens out there
And that’s the thing: I try to carry those, too
Stuffed in my pack
Along with the powerlessness to do anything
I can’t do anything
But try to make it through the day
Do that again tomorrow
I’ll crawl across the line
I’m not gonna win any prize
But damn if I won’t survive

Hanging on by this one thread in my hands
Keeping me tethered to something
I’m out in the wind hanging on
By this one thread
In my hands
Keeping me tethered to something
I’m out in the wind hanging on
By this one thread

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from 2020101 (2021), track released April 17, 2021
written and performed by Shannon Curtis

produced, mixed, and mastered by Jamie Hill
at Department of Energy Management, Tacoma

co-produced, programmed and recorded by Shannon

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Shannon Curtis Tacoma, Washington

Shannon Curtis is an artist who works as a songwriter, storyteller, and author. Shannon lives in Tacoma, WA and makes artpop music with her husband, producer / mixer Jamie Hill (deptofenergymgmt.com/work).

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