For many of us, when we think of superheroes, we think of capes, super strength, flying and fighting bad guys—the list goes on and on. But this National Superhero Day is different. It represents something more.
With the sudden spread of COVID-19, lives have been turned upside down. Schools are closed, some people are working from home and social distancing guidelines are in place, meaning events, races, camps, gyms, parks and more have been cancelled and closed. Inevitably, it’s left people with a sense of uncertainty about when life will return to normal and when their sense of community will be restored—perhaps even more so a sense of fear for their well-being and their loved ones’ well-being.
Yet throughout these seemingly dark times, certain individuals are providing light by sacrificing their comfort and safety to ensure the rest of us stay healthy. First responders, healthcare workers, grocery store employees and essential workers of all kinds have emerged as our TRUE superheroes.
And the list doesn't stop there. As ACTIVE's chief data officer, Stacey Fernandes, says, race directors, camp directors, teachers, parents and many others have found innovative and creative ways to reach people in the comfort of their homes and provide even just a small amount of normalcy. With virtual events and programs, these heroes have provided people with a way to take part in the things they love, want and need to do. Endurance athletes are able to stay active and competing, kids are able to continue learning and we are all able to find that community and purpose we long for.
So from all of us at ACTIVE Network, we want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU. Whether you are a doctor on the front lines or a music instructor virtually teaching kids guitar lessons, you have redefined the definition of superhero. Because of your selflessness and drive to push forward, we know there are brighter days ahead. We will all get through this together.