Together, We Can Survive This & Come Out Even Stronger on the Other Side!
“Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down”
– from a song by Tom Petty
A Brief Comment from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Posted Friday, March 20th, 2020
Was it really just a month or so ago that kids were walking along the sidewalks, on their way back and forth to school, or that we could greet friends with a hug or a shake of a hand?
Yes, we were hearing news about this mysterious virus infecting people and tragically killing some, but that was happening somewhere oceans away, on the other side of the world. We were still working at our jobs, attending social gatherings and shopping at our favourite stores.
Now, as if the sunlight in our lives has faded within a few minutes, this killer virus has arrived at our doorstep, and there are no more hugs and handshakes, there is one restriction after another on our travel, and most everything and every place we like to do or go has been cancelled or shut down.
Yet, as disappointing and disturbing and frightening as it all is, we have to promise each other that we are not going to let it defeat our resolve to survive and come out of this stronger than we were before.
There is a song by one of my favourite musical performers and songwriters that comes to mind for me during tough times – not that I can ever remember a time (with the possible exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis when I was a wee little kid) in our collective lives quite as troubling as this.
The song was written by Tom Petty and it is called ‘I Won’t Back Down’,and you may get some inspiration from it too if you would like watch the late great Mr. Petty and his band The Heartbreakers perform it by clicking on the screen below –
Now I am going to take a break at with my family this evening and watch a classic movie or two.
Until tomorrow, please stay healthy and strong, and stay in as close a touch as you can with your family, your friends and your neighbours. It helps.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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