It’s true. Trauma does bring us closer. There’s something about this situation — that almost everyone is going through something similar — that creates a sense of camaraderie. A shared experience.

There’s a tendency to walk through life as if we’re separate from others, but 2020 almost won’t allow that. I find myself hanging tighter to friends, and I see them doing it too. I see the vulnerability of strangers on social media.

Yes, there’s also a lot of polarization going on right now politically. But I do believe that this experience is ushering in some positive changes. I see a lot of compassion in people. I hope that continues. I hope it grows.

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