Navigating Your Physical and Mental Health Must Remain a Priority

Herbie J Pilato
2 min readJan 12, 2022

Taking Care of Yourself — and Others

It’s been a little over two years since Covid-19 began on its destructive path, and two things are certain:

1. We didn’t know how good we had it before the deadly disease hit. And when it’s over — and it will before over — we will appreciate what we’ve got even more


2 . The world simply could not go on like it was going before Covid-19.

The self-absorption was out of control.

Celebrity idolatry was at an all-time high.

There is now — and always has been — bigger fish to fry than to concern ourselves with other things besides things like the two off-shoot sectors of a multi-billion-dollar Royal Family who may or may not be getting along.

Right now, we should only be concerned with our health, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and whether or not we will be able to support themselves and/or their families.

While it is heartbreaking that many have suffered and some have died due to the coronavirus, this challenge may have been the wake-up call we all needed.

  • A wake-up call to start treating each other with more loving-kindness.
  • A wake-up call to stop worrying and concerning ourselves with things that simply do not matter.
  • A wake-up call across the board and across the planet to realize that this world is all we’ve got and that if we don’t shape up and stop with the nonsensical obsession with becoming rich, beautiful, and perfect, our wayward ambitions will lead to nothing but self-destruction in the highest manner, as individuals — and as a collective humanity.

The keyword being, humanity.

The coronavirus has already caused a great deal of loss.

Too much.

And there will be a great deal more loss, in lives, relationships, jobs, and hope.

But while lost lives cannot be recovered, the rest of what we lose somehow can be found again, if maybe in different guises.

At the same time, too, there are some things that cannot never be lost and have the power to remain forever in our hearts and minds.

The good people at once put it this way, in a recent placard that recently circulated:

Conversations will not be canceled.

Relationships will not be canceled.

Love will not be canceled.

Songs will not be canceled.

Reading will not be canceled.

Self-care will not be canceled.

Hope will not be canceled.

May we lean into the good stuff that remains.

And may we not only contribute to and be part of the “good stuff” — but may each of us stay strong, positive, and safe — today — and every day.

Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, and TV personality whose books about life and pop culture include THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS.