I am so proud and humbled to celebrate Evolution Road’s 20th Anniversary this month. Not many small businesses make it this far, especially those that have faced 9/11, the Great Recession and now the Pandemic. The sense of heartbreak and loss we all face today was unimaginable a few short weeks ago. Yet the strength of our global community is far stronger than this pandemic. People across the world have risen to its challenge. People in every one of our neighborhoods goes to work on the front lines of healthcare every day to stand and face this challenge and help people in desperate need. While we have a ways to go, I know we will all stand strong and stand together, and we will make it through.
I had hoped to celebrate this milestone in ER’s history with a great party, but my sense of what matters has changed. I now celebrate that my family, friends, Evolution Road colleagues and clients are still safe for the most part. I now celebrate that our empty nest at home isn’t so empty anymore and that I’ve had the amazing opportunity to spend so much quality time with my two college-aged kids (of course they may not see it the same way 😉). I celebrate when I see a friend passing by walking their dog and we get the chance to say hi and catch up. I celebrate the opportunity to get a bagel at our local bagel store (observing all appropriate social distancing protocols of course) and paying 10x for my bagel so they can give the extra $ to their employees who are struggling to make ends meet.
I now celebrate the important big things, and the important little things that are so much more important to me now than they were 6 weeks ago. Certainly not what I expected, but grateful nonetheless.