First and foremost, our deepest gratitude and appreciation for all of the people on the front lines fighting for our public health: doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, pharmacists, pharmacy employees, sanitation workers, first responders, and everyone else that is risking their lives for the collective good. I have to believe that very few of you got into your line of work with the intention of working on the front lines of a pandemic. John Wayne once said “courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” And we are so thankful for your courage in the time of our country’s greatest need.
Additionally, a thank you is due to all the people that are heeding the advice of the experts and staying home to limit the spread of this disease. If we can flatten the curve, we can begin to move forward as a nation. Social distancing may be our new norm for the time being, but the true quarantine lock-down shouldn't be if we can get 100% participation from the public in staying home and breaking those chains of transmission. If the virus has no new people to infect, this pandemic will come to an end. The guidelines from the health experts may seem extreme and, in retrospect, that is how you know your transmission mitigation plan was appropriate because it didn't bloom into a full on viral spread. The closures, cancellations, and shelter-in-place mentality is hopefully one of the greatest acts of social solidarity that we will have the opportunity to do in our lifetimes. We are sacrificing so we can give our health care system a fighting chance against this. Do your part- stay home.
I think being realistic is important, but we also need to be optimistic. As Victor Hugo in Les Miserables said “even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” We have to believe that this will end and life will stabilize. We won’t be the same people that we were before, certainly not. And I don't think we want to be the same people or the same country that we were before.
Someone once said that success is not built on success, but instead built on failure, built on frustration and sometimes it’s built on catastrophe. I’m hoping that we can successfully build a stronger community and nation because of this catastrophe.
With that being said- we are proceeding with cautious optimism. We are using this brief respite from daily life to love our family, clean, organize, exercise and get everything well situated so when the sun does rise and the people return to the streets, we will be ready.