WHAT’S NEXT? by Stephen Dick

WHAT’S NEXT? by Stephen Dick

WARNING BEFORE READING! Please hold this article at least six feet from your face for social distancing and wear a mask. (Just kidding).


Okay, we have arrived at the start of another New Year. But it is surely a year that can have you asking the question, “What’s Next?”

Given we will be recovering from the most un-nerving year we have ever experienced a time to re-group is surely required. Of course, much of this was due to an extremely dangerous virus known as Covid-19. As we have witnessed, we were unprepared to face what has changed our lifestyles, ordered quarantines, closed businesses, stimulated a mass media panic, and created an incredible need for our medical professionals (doctors, nurses) and unknown hero volunteers.

I again feel it is imperative that we recognize all those very brave front-line Medical Professionals. Our heroic Doctors, Nurses, Rescue and their support staff who really demonstrated what they are made of and how profoundly grateful we are for all they do. Thank you.

As a Senior, one might think that you have seen it all. We have lived through some great times and some dreadful times, but this must be recorded as an incredibly frightening and difficult time.

Hopefully, we are now facing what might be the end of Covid-19 with the creation and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccinations. Thanks to the effort of our former administration’s “Operation Warp Speed”, participating pharmaceutical companies, and many brilliant scientists we accomplished something that many said could not be done. That was the development of the Anti-virus Vaccination in record breaking time.

Given so many unknowns I think the question “What’s Next?” is appropriate at this time. Because a new year traditionally brings the unexpected in all facets of our life. We are all looking to get back to what was once our normal way of life.

Additionally, we had to deal with a “somewhat contentious” (ha) election that in many scenarios was so divisive that it fractured families and friendships. To many this was more than slightly stressful. We witnessed the dividing of our great Nation and can only hope that we can now all work together for the country we love.

We do know there will be many new challenges along the way, and I believe we are strong enough to face each.

Hopefully, we will soon be able to once again eat in restaurants of choice, get back to business and in so doing open the economy, get our children back to school, attend meetings, concerts, theatrical shows and movies.

In the meantime, I do not think the sacrifices of wearing a mask in public, keep social distancing and taking sanitary measures such as often washing our hands is asking too much. With fingers crossed we can recover, and these measures might be ended sooner than we think.

So, stay healthy, continue to schedule your doctor appointments, speak to wellness professionals and use the many services as provided by Monmouth Health and Wellness.

Remember it is a “New” Year and with that comes many positive expectations. Stay strong, stay healthy, keep your sense of humor, stay in touch with family and friends – and enjoy each day.

Let us hope that “What’s Next?” will be a year consisting of much happiness, good health, and lots of success.

Have a Happy & Healthy 2021!


This article cannot be complete without a special thank you to all our great doctors, nurses, medical professionals, many whom have been involved in treating Covid-19 and are listed on this Monmouth Health and Wellness site.

Stephen Dick is the president of SDMC, a full-service creative marketing communications resource – www.sdmc-nj.com

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