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The coronavirus pandemic has proven to be a once-in-a-lifetime ordeal – everyday people have experienced unprecedented personal anguish through the death of loved ones and the loss of social relationships and personal livelihoods.

Each of us has a unique story about this experience – a story that speaks to the hero in us all. A story of our lives, our losses, and of those things that kept us going through a time when so many of us felt isolated and alone.

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Essential Media’s logo is Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and the patron of heroes. Wearing her helmet and wielding her traditional spear, her shield is a book – emphasizing the warrior in us all, and the wisdom we gain through the courage of living our everyday lives.

While some of us needed to put ourselves at risk during this crisis to serve the greater public need – and were lauded as “essential” workers as a result – what we have really found is that each of us is essential.

So what are you waiting for?

To Our Heroes
Essential Media seeks your unique, real-life pandemic experiences – submissions that will motivate, encourage, and inspire our readers. The very experiences that touched your heart and provided you with newfound courage, we want to share with our readers.

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