As I am writing this article, the world lives through the COVID-19 pandemic and people all over the world are scrambling to maintain their sanity. Personal and loved ones’ health concerns, financial insecurity, and the lack of social interaction are just a few of the many direct effects of the what more and more proves to be a threat to our way of living. Unfortunately, many lives have and continue to be lost; for that I am truly sorry. I also feel for all of those individuals that lost their jobs, businesses that supported their families. As I thought about what to write in today’s content, I struggled to put into words what I want my message to be because I know there is a lot of people suffering and there is not “right words” that will fix everything.
My instincts, however, tell me to try to share a bit of positivity and highlight that even in the mist of so much pain and suffering, we can and should stay positive while looking for strength in those around us because together is the only way we will prevail. I mean that in many levels, socially, financially and mentally. I believe we all have noticed how “enjoyable” it is to spend more time with our loved ones and truly be present even if we are being “forced” to do so under quarantine. That is what I mean by staying positive.
By protecting ourselves and others we will help keep each other healthy. By supporting local businesses and those in our communities most in need, we will build a stronger society as well as financially support other families. Finally, by being there for someone, you are also mentally supporting them. If we all try to do our best in each one of these areas, I am confident that as the world continues to better understand how to adjust to this “new way of living,” we will prevail and life will not be back to “normal;” It will be back a bit better. It will be better because we will have endured and overcome a serious existential threat together. And hopefully we will have learned that we are all one community (or species if you will) that depends on each other’s success in order to live and reach our own dreams. Ultimately, a wiser civilization.