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I heard my mother say this phrase, “Just keep on living,” when I was a young adult. She would say it when something unexpected happened, she would say it when she was tired and had pain in her body. Now I find myself saying it in these unprecedented times that we are living in. Global pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Recall Election and going to more funerals than celebrations.

"Just Keep On Living," and you are going to see things that you could not imagine both good and bad. I could not imagine a Black President, but it happened and now I can see that it could happen again. The Black Lives Matter movement felt different this time and I can imagine real changes happening. This pandemic is real, I did not believe that we would still be in it, but we are. So, I tell myself to, “Just Keep On Living,” and this too will be something that I can tell my great-grandchildren about.

When you find yourself weary, tired, and ready to give in to that feeling that nothing will ever be the way it once was; hang in there just a little longer change is coming. “Just Keep On Living,” and you will see a brighter day. This pandemic will not last forever, things will return to some sort of normality.

Some of us will emerge from this pandemic broken and struggling to “Just Keep On Living,” because you have loss so much. But I hope that you do find a reason to keep on living, because if you do; one day the pain that you are feeling today will not hurt so much. Life will be worth living and there will be better days ahead.

Yes, we will be forever changed by this pandemic and all that came with it, but I hope that we are stronger, more understanding and kinder for having lived through it.

If you are struggling do not be ashamed to reach out for help, and if you see someone struggling be kind offer help.

“Just Keep on Living,” and all the seasons of life will come to pass. A time to live, a time to die…a time to break down, and a time to build up…a time to weep and a time to laugh…a time to mourn and a time to dance.

“Just Keep On Living,” and one day we will dance again.

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