When I was in high school, spirit meant cheerleaders and pep rallies and selling chocolate bars for the school band. As I got older, spirit took on a more ethereal meaning: the seat of character, the seat of the soul. As editor of On The Bay, I’ve focused a lot on community spirit in the stories we’ve chosen to tell over the past 16 years. But I know now that I never really understood spirit, or saw it in action, until COVID-19 hit our world, our country, our community like a sledgehammer.
I’ve learned that the true meaning of spirit is in our doctors, nurses, hospital staff, personal support workers and others who put their own health on the line to help others.