Stay at home orders remain in place across the nation, and so the majority of us are now faced with finding new ways to continue getting through each day the best way we can. For me, I’ve used this time to sit and reflect on a wide array of topics. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but my mind has raced through what-ifs and what-could-be, yet I find myself regressing to the same idea over and over again. 

I could write an entire blog post on how COVID-19 has personally impacted me, my family, and Medix, but the truth of the matter is that COVID-19 is impacting every single person in unique ways. Some individuals are wracked with fear and stress, while others are enjoying the slower-paced lifestyle. Regardless of the adversity you’re currently facing, one thing is certain. We’re all going through this together, and we’ll all get through this together. 

When we do find ourselves on the other side of this pandemic, and we return to some form of normalcy, I hope you’ll find grace, patience, and acceptance for those around you. We’re all fighting through this in our own way, and we’ll all have our own stories to tell. Even though our stories might not look alike, they’re all valid, and they’ll all impact our lives in ways yet to be determined. 

Out of the spirit of positively impacting lives, let this serve as a friendly reminder that somewhere, someone is scared in a nursing home, praying they don’t get the virus. Someone is sad that the graduation they spent countless hours working toward is canceled. There’s a person somewhere, bummed they couldn’t attend their prom with the guy or gal they’d worked up the courage to finally ask. New moms are welcoming life into this world alone and in fear, because social distancing prevents family members from being at births. Others are working tirelessly through full-time jobs while taking care of little ones. And some are doing the unimaginable – saying goodbye to loved ones without proper funerals.  

Whatever your story and whatever your feelings – they’re valid. And you’re not alone. COVID has taken a toll on everyone, but maybe – just maybe – with a little empathy, fortitude, and compassion we can come out of this a little better than we went in.