This is typically my favorite time of the year. Fun-filled community events happen all over Lake County, watching my beloved Miami Hurricanes play football, and holiday gatherings with family and friends right around the corner.
Just as I start to look forward to all those things, I get hit with a huge dose of reality. Yes, the coronavirus will likely throw a monkey wrench into all my plans for the next three months. But you know what? I’m not going to let this virus spoil my seasonal fun. I’m going to adjust, adapt and overcome. Life is too short to let a virus suck all the fun out of living.
At Lake and Sumter Style, the coronavirus has forced us to adapt in a big way. As you know, we have always devoted part of the magazine to covering everything that’s happening in Lake County. That includes Social Spotlight, which previews an upcoming event for a particular month, our Jams section, which highlights upcoming concerts, and Hi Society, which features names and faces of people who attend various community gatherings.
With the cancellation of so many activities, we had to come up with new ideas on how to fill these pages. I’ve embraced this challenge. I’d rather cope than crumble. I’d rather become better than bitter. I’d rather emerge stronger than weaker.
When you look at this month’s magazine, I think you’ll agree that we’ve emerged pretty strong. This may be one of the more diverse issues we’ve ever assembled. You’ll read feature stories covering a variety of topics, including freestanding emergency rooms, vegan-friendly restaurants, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the dangers of sleep apnea, what it’s like to be single during the coronavirus pandemic and the pros and cons of vaping. Our writers delved into these stories with passion and curiosity so that you, our readers, will have a better understanding of these topics.
I hope everyone has a great September. Remember, don’t let coronavirus stop you from living. This too shall pass, and we’ll come out stronger on the other side.