The way I see it is we’re all survivors. We’re COVID Survivors on planet earth.
As one fortunate survivor, this week I was able to get dose 1 of the COVID vaccine and I swear, I felt buoyant, relieved, the psychological uplifting impact was immediate.
And I know if you are waiting for your turn, that wait seems almost unbearable. It felt that way to me.
We all have to get there. We are all about to turn a corner on this thing, this life in the year of COVID.
A year ago, I took my daughter to buy a wedding dress. We were the last customers in the store. They locked up behind us and shut down to comply with new COVID restrictions on businesses last March. Still, we were certain, by August, it would be over and the wedding would be as we planned..200+.
We were 40 people, outdoors in masks. It was beautiful.
It also made us realize life was going to be different for awhile. That’s nothing compared to so many of your own stories.
And we’ve all had losses: Experiences, jobs, school, family gatherings, and friends or family who didn’t make it. Plenty of losses and sadness to go around.
Are you “hitting the wall”? Reached your limit? Hang on! You’re a survivor.
Experts say athletes push themselves to get through “the wall” knowing just how far they have to go to the finish line.
The hard part for all of us is not knowing where our finish line is. It keeps moving on us.
But, know, the vaccine is going to get you through that wall. It doesn’t matter if it’s Pfizer, Moderna, J & J. If it’s offered, stop whatever you are doing. Stand in line or drive 2 hours. Whatever you need to do. Take that shot in the arm. Any vaccine gives you more protection than you have without it.
And the vaccine is more than that. It’s hope.
We all need that. It’s hope. We’re all survivors in this and I can tell you from my own experience and as a reporter for decades, survivors of war or cancer or the worst disasters always find some way to hope. They get through it holding on to hope. Stronger perhaps than any medicine. It dares us to believe, we might just come out of this crisis. We’re getting there.
There’s more sunshine. A little more warmth. Snow is melting and the same way things shut down a year ago, we will start to feel things reverse, slowly open up again…
I don’t know if there’s a finish line to cross on this thing. I’m thinking we come out of this evolved, changed; perhaps a little more appreciative of so many things we took for granted.
So hang on survivors. Push through the wall. Get a vaccine.