Do you see that light? It’s floating there, just at the end of our outreached fingers, beckoning us to approach. With every day, we inch closer to the end of this tunnel, steeling ourselves for what the world will be when we breach the exit, yet more than ready to bask in the warmth of the other side.

We’re all exhausted of the uncertainty, the restrictions, and the societal cracks the pandemic has created these past two years. Soon – so very soon – we’ll embrace our neighbours and hopefully, with internal temperatures dropping, we will renew our acquaintances, accept the differences of our opinions and beliefs, and heal each other, our superhuman small businesses owners, and our communities.

The past two years have been like none since the Second World War, a time few of us experienced for themselves, a time of uncertainty we almost certainly cannot comprehend. The pandemic has brought out the best of us and, at times, dropped us to our knees. Yet amongst the bad, there has been much good. We’ve selflessly protected our most vulnerable, rediscovered family game night, perfected sourdough bread recipes, learned a new skill, and breathed in nature in ways most hadn’t in years.

The pandemic is the Kennedy assassination-moon landing-Henderson goal-9/11 for our children and grandchildren. It’s up to each of us what we – as a society – take from this experience, and how we learn from the challenges we’ve overcome to make our friendships, our family relationships, and our communities stronger for what we’ve overcome and how we’re moving forward – marching, heads held high, to the finish line.

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