This will probably be one of the hardest weeks for New York and New Jersey residents. Sadly, we’ve reached the peak of the COVID-19 virus. As more people continue to get sick and others pass away, it’s hard to imagine that there is a way to make this week better. I’ve turned off the news because I couldn’t bare to see more people suffering or dying. It’s more difficult because three months ago it seemed life had a positive side to it. This is an enemy that is hidden. We can’t see it, yet together we fight united to withstand the troubling times ahead.
Think of Those Who Recovered
The amount of deaths is horrendous. However, what I’ve noticed is the lack of news articles showcasing the people who have recovered. The brave men and women who are working at the hospitals right now helped thousands of people recover from the virus, yet we forget to thank them for being heroic. This isn’t to say that the deaths are something to forget. Nevertheless, the lives saved are something we can highlight to make this week a little bit better. It’s more tolerable when we learn to appreciate the smallest glimpses of light.
More People are Helping Others
I noticed that there are more people helping others. Though social distancing remains intact, I’ve seen more volunteers opting to assist the elderly and others to get groceries. There are major companies donating millions of supplies including food during these desperate times. Home owners and landlords are opting to wave their tenants rent to ensure they have a proper place to live. It’s one of those moments you wish happened on a regular basis. During time a crisis, there are horrible things, but there are good ones too.
We’re Remembering What’s Important
In times of peace, it’s easy to take moments for granted. We may think that we have all the time in the world. We forget that time moves around us, people get older, and our families may not be whole like the day before. It was hard to see someone without their face glued to a mobile screen. After hearing about this crisis, you see more people forced to stay at home. They get to spend more time with their families. This isn’t something that happens. In the history of the United States, the world hasn’t stopped. This may be the only opportunity we have to remember what’s important. It’s a lesson to be learned.