I just received my second dose of Moderna's vaccine.
I just received my second dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. As others have related, getting the vaccine was an emotional experience.
Driving back from the appointment in Fontana, I passed on listening to audiobooks (Farnsworth’s The Practicing Stoic and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov) and blasted music instead. I felt hope for the future, relief at having made it through the pandemic without getting sick, and excitement for approaching events: seeing my family in Michigan for the first time in over a year, traveling to Japan for a long-delayed honeymoon, going to bars and concerts again, etc.
I also took a moment to feel amazed at and grateful for human accomplishment, especially scientific accomplishment. What people do and have done with their minds is astonishing. Developing vaccines for a new disease in just a year was an unprecedented, historic feat, and scientists and their supporters (including the governments that invested in purchasing early doses) pulled it off.
This achievement serves as a useful reminder: we should always be cultivating our minds and turning them toward useful ends. Vaccines were made possible by education, curiosity, and perseverance in the pursuit of understanding.
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