Sean Pena
Miami, Florida
24 years old

Sean is a Miami native who captured my interest through Diego. He is another individual who I believe strives to make everyone around him feel safe and welcomed. As in the picture, he’s an animal lover and a helper at heart. Being his friend has added a light to my life and has also taught me to always look at the brighter things in life, no matter the circumstance.

Below is his response -

“I always felt like some things happened for a reason. The universe tells us we have to do certain things like with covid for example I think that it sucked because it impacted a lot of people on a negative way but at the same time there was a lot of good. The environment kind of learned to heal itself in a way and it just kind of makes me see the brighter side of things. I’m not really thinking of all the negatives and I think it brought a lot of good in people too, people tried to get with their family more and that’s what I did too. Before I wasn’t really a family person, I wouldn’t call my grandparents as much or distant family, you know? And I always felt really bad about it but covid changed my perspective on things.

To be honest, I’ve always sort of been like a hermit so it hasn’t really changed me much but I’m just thankful for the situation that I am in now because thankfully the schools that understood the gravity of the situation, they changed all to online so I was able to be in the safety of being home then going out in public. It kept me safe you know? A lot of the things that did happen were I had like 4 maybe 5 different jobs this year which is really crazy because that’s the most jobs I’ve ever had in a year.

*Sean took his own self portrait. December 2020.