March 13th, 2020, the day our worlds got flipped upside down. Our last normal day was Friday the 13th, maybe it really is that unlucky? Do you remember what you were doing when it was announced we’d be going into lockdown? We sure do!
It is unbelievable that an entire year has gone by. Going into lockdown, we all thought that it would last a few weeks, maybe a month, but it never crossed our minds that we’d still be at this point a year later!
We've witnessed so many events that we never thought would happen. We saw grocery stores completely empty. We saw people fighting for toilet paper. We saw people turned away from hospitals. The negatives seemed to outweigh the good, but we did see some good in humanity. We saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw people helping the elderly gather the supplies they needed. We saw people applaud our healthcare workers. We saw neighbors singing together from their balconies. We've seen so much bad, but also a bit of good.
We were able to find some positives through all of this:
We are resilient.
We have to slow down every once in a while.
We need to start doing more of what we love.
Family is important.
We can't take what we have for granted.
Life is precious.
With a year under us, over 500,000 Americans have lost their life. Our healthcare system has gotten completely overwhelmed, and our healthcare workers are exhausted.
Covid deaths are just something that no one should have to experience, yet over 500,000 families have. The pandemic has stripped families of the ability to deal with grief in typical ways.
We wanted to take a moment to think of those who have been taken from us too soon because of this virus. We are also thinking of all who are experiencing long-term effects or are still fighting for their lives.
If you’re having a hard time right now, we want you to know that you’re not alone, you are loved, you have our support, and you can do this. Keep pushing forward.
Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep a distance, and help protect the most vulnerable. We’re all in this together! We’re (hopefully) beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.