Together Forward

Real Talk with RealEats Premade Meals CEO Dan Wise

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, many of us are wondering what life will look like when the pandemic is finally over. While none of us can be sure just yet, I’m confident some answers can be found in the word together. 

This pandemic is very much global, and it is the first time in a very long time that almost every human on the planet is experiencing something like this together. As a result, it has the capacity to go down as one of the most relatable moments in human history, which raises another bigger and even more relevant question: What are we going to do with it? 

I, for one, am actually optimistic about the answer to that question.

For starters, I believe that as the worst of this pandemic is slowly moving behind us, we are beginning to witness the very best of humanity. I can’t help but notice some incredibly positive changes – many of which are being shared on social media for users around the world to see. Over the last few months, we’ve seen social media posts evolve from a theme of “look how great I am” to “look how great others are.” And in many cases, they truly are.

In fact, social media has helped us all enjoy many inspiring accounts of hope and humanity in the midst of crisis: heartfelt videos of Italian villagers singing in unison from their balconies to comfort one another through the challenges of isolation; thousands of posts illustrating the dedication of healthcare workers putting themselves in harm’s way to attend to the urgent needs of others; and Broadway stars singing from their windows to the smiles and grateful applause of fellow New Yorkers on the streets below, just to name a few. We are also getting the opportunity to see Mother Nature in all her glory – in the images of fish swimming visibly in the clearing waters of the Venice canals; satellite photos of blue, smog-free skies over Los Angeles and China as the pollution dissipates; and videos of wildlife returning to the suburban streets they once ruled. 

For us at RealEats, we see nothing but opportunity to make a positive impact on the health of both people and our planet. We believe that the wrong food creates disease and the right food prevents it. We continuously learn from our past and heed the warnings of the present to help build a better future, which we know starts with the most important decision we make each day – what to put on the table.

The fact is that we have been exposed, and in doing so we have exposed our potential. Whether we like it or not, there is no more hiding who we are and what we are not on social media or elsewhere. Everything is out in the open and in the end (or the beginning), we have found our commonalities. With this in mind, I can’t imagine a better foundation and time from which to push the concept of together forward – to emerge from this period of contraction, expand collectively, and achieve more than we thought was humanly possible.

– Dan

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