I’m sure you have all heard it said in the past several weeks, “the world is going to be different now.” In a sense that is correct. In a sense all our lives will undoubtedly be changed by what has happened with this corona virus. However much it changes, we will become stronger for this. Why do I say that? Because we have too. We do not have a choice.
In the past week I have had the opportunity to sit down and catch up on some much needed reading. I have had the book “Fearless” sitting on my book shelf for a while now and have decided to finally start reading it. It tells the story of Adam Brown. A Navy Seal who lost his life in Afghanistan. Thinking back on his timeline, I may have served during his time and he could have very well flown on a helicopter that I fixed. It helped me attach myself to his story. After reading through a couple of chapters on my deck I decided to get a workout in. I decided to do the workout “Chad” which is 1,000 step ups for time with a 20# weight vest. Chad unfortunately died by suicide according to the Navy SEAL Foundation. I never knew this man but after reading Adam/s story I thought I needed to do a workout (the hero workout “AdamBrown” is not something I felt capable of doing at the time) I am a little weird in that I do a lot of thinking while I workout. It’s usually why I don’t listen to music while I workout. While I was working out I couldn’t help but think about the situation our country, and the world, is in right now. This one virus has caused our country to a grinding halt. I see so many posts on social media about people being worried and questioning our leaders, healthcare providers, and each other on what comes next. I can’t answer those questions but I can say one thing we will become stronger for this. We will overcome this situation and grow from it. We have too. We do not have any choice in the matter. People like Adam Brown, Matthew Worrel, Jamie Weeks, didn’t die protecting this country all for us to just give up when times were tough. They didn’t sacrifice their time with their families so that we can let some virus make us scared to live the lives that are blessed with living. We owe it to them to pick ourselves up and get back to work. Doctors, nurses, scientist, and local leaders aren’t risking their lives for us to just give up. How much time is being taken away from their families to combat this virus. How much overtime is being done to help get their mission complete. I recently read about an elderly priest who gave up his ventilator to a younger patient knowing that it would lead to his death because the younger patient had a future. These men and women aren’t sacrificing and risking their own lives fro the rest of us to let the mild inconvenience of being quarantined stop us from continuing to make this country the best it can be. While these men and women sacrifice we should be distancing ourselves but also preparing ourselves for when we can get back to work. A lot of work is going to have to happen when this quarantine is lifted. We will have to hit the ground running. For me, I plan on continuing to make my business the best not can be. I am spending my day focusing on programming and working on side projects to offer to my athletes. This down time is not days off, these are days for us to plan for the future. Plan for what comes next. It won’t be easy and it requires all of us to put in work to make this country worth their sacrifice.
There is no doubt about it, the world will be a different place when this quarantine is lifted. However too much has been sacrificed over the years for us to just let this situation cripple our country. We have to get back to work. We have to make the sacrifice of those who have come before and those that are working so hard right now worth it. Let’s get over this “whoa is me attitude” and make this country as great as it can be.