Perspective – by Sue Jurjevic


Hey, we’re back! It’s been some time since we’ve connected with our community through our weekly blogs. We’ve missed youSue Jurjevic and have a lot of catching up to do. 

Wow! What a year this has been. Who knew that in just a matter of weeks our whole world would change. The fact is it happens quite often in our lives. Whether it’s an important event, an emergency in  home, or an unforeseen diagnosis, we all face moments where our lives seem to turn upside down and inside out.

I came across a quote the other day that put things into perspective: “Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, if things don’t work our take another shot!”

We’ve had to focus on many things this year. The changes to our lives, daily routines, our health and safety, as well as the losses in our lives. Everyday things we were used to doing, such as going out to eat,  shopping for groceries, and hanging out with friends, were suddenly not the same and I’m sure it made many people’s outlook a little more negative, and rightfully so.

With all the negative changes that this pandemic has brought, It can be very difficult to find and focus on the good, but it’s not impossible. We’ve had more time with family, to reconnect with one another, and there have many opportunities to serve those who couldn’t or didn’t feel safe going out. We had to tap into our creative side to make the best of our situation at home, especially with children- whether it was a craft or baking project, themed family movie and dinner nights, or having family gatherings on Zoom. It was all about making the best of a challenging time.

As I reflect on “develop from the negatives”, I realize that there were things I enjoyed, but never take the time to do, like watching Baking Championship shows (my hope is someday make a croquembouche) and canvas painting. I even recently discovered how much I enjoy photography! I had the opportunity to visit my friend’s beach house. Her son mentioned how pretty the park looked at sunset, so I decided to go to the park when I went in September and wow, was I surprised! Now it’s one of my favorite spots! The peace you feel there, the breeze by the water, and the beautiful sunset definitely put this year into perspective for me. I realized how important it is to slow down, enjoy one another, listen, and safely go after the things you enjoy and share it with others, whether it is in person or virtual.

If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to take the time to be still, reflect on what’s challenging or negative, capture, and replace those thoughts with the good.

I’d love to hear from you! What have you learned about yourself or others who you’ve reconnected with? Feel free to share your experiences with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanks for listening, until next time!

Sue Jurjevic is the Senior Recreation Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at

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