vaccine bottles
Image Description: Vials of vaccines.
Public domain image. Source: FDA.

We’re living such a dichotomous time: Vaccines are becoming available, and we’ve started distribution. This will take some time, no doubt, but since these are no longer merely hypothetical, but actually being administered, we can begin to do some dreaming… What will our post-pandemic lives look like? Scientists have developed a highly effective set of vaccines for a disease we didn’t even know about one year ago. This is astonishing. What might be possible for us after this pandemic is over? How might we connect? What might we reengage?

And… on the very same day that the Pfizer vaccine received emergency authorization, we crossed the threshold of 300,000 deaths from COVID in the U.S. We may see light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re still thoroughly in the tunnel. Many people are suffering, and many are vulnerable.

We enter the holidays with this sense of grief and hope mingling together.

We may need to nurture both and care for ourselves in both.

Renee Roederer

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