By Cathy J Leer, PT, MBA
The fall equinox is on September 22nd at 9:30 AM this year, and I’m looking forward to it! Colder temperatures, fall colors, pumpkins and winter squash, and of course, football.
As a true New Englander, I love the seasons. I love to see them come and I love to see them go. It seems like 3 months of anything too extreme is long enough, like mud season, hot and humid temperatures, cold winds and brown leaves, and of course frigid temps and lots of ice and snow.
Normally about now, I would be getting excited for what has become an annual long weekend trip with my old and dear college friends. As we have grown older and suffered with our various health issues, and have lost friends and family, our own mortality becomes more evident. We came to the realization and understanding of what really matters in life. We’ve learned to celebrate the things that matter most, by spending time with the people that matter most to us.
This year is different. Like with most, COVID-19 has derailed our plans to spend a long weekend together. It has not, however, changed our view on the importance of maintaining relationships with our cherished friends and family. In fact, it has made these commitments stronger and more meaningful.
In what seemingly appeared to be the blink of an eye, our lives have been turned upside down and inside out. Nothing will ever be the same or the way it was. In fact, we can say this about every new day. In many ways though, COVID-19 has made us more aware of just how precious life is and how important friends and family are.