But posting on X wasn’t simply a way to gain exposure. X has always been a platform to share your life and thoughts with others. There were hundreds of new infections in my city. Dozens of new deaths. Myself and my team constantly feared we would be next. We shared the good. But we also shared the bad. We constantly discussed shutting down the operation. But each day, we found ourselves back at the restaurant preparing to deliver to seniors that we began to develop bonds with.
Like the one senior who told me they needed supplies. I called to tell her I purchased them. While on the call she told me she hadn’t been able to get her medicine. I told her I’ll pick it up. She said she wanted to hug me, but she can’t.
Moments like this meant something to me. But as I shared these moments on X, I learned that it meant something to others as well. It was these moments that were connecting me to strangers online, not simply mutual followers. X is a platform that allows us to share our stories, so my advice to others is, “Tell it.”
Our efforts taught us that community isn’t simply about living in proximity to someone, but supporting a fellow human being in times of need. Before the pandemic, many of us had online networks, the pandemic transformed it into online communities. Community is a verb. Community is how we will get through this.
Community is how we will get free.