Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:42 pm
Epicectus, a Greek philosopher, once said, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” New Jersey is certainly proving those words to be true in the months following Superstorm Sandy.
In the days and weeks after the storm, it was heartwarming to see residents come together. We helped each other clear debris and salvage belongings. Some local restaurants managed to keep their doors open so New Jerseyans could have a hot cup of coffee. We navigated through a temporary gas rationing system and waited in lines for hours. Social media outlets overflowed with images of items found along the shoreline asking for the owners to come forward. Nobody asked for rewards or finder fees. It was just the right thing to do.
Now that it’s officially summer at the Jersey Shore, many are glad to see things start getting back to normal. A recent visit to the boardwalks in Asbury Park and Point Pleasant presented a mix of tourists and residents enjoying the sun, surf, and the best in boardwalk cuisine. Pier Village in Long Branch began its free concerts every Thursday night starting June 13. Efforts to maintain the largest sand castle in the world are continuing at Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant.
There’s a reason New Jerseyans are known as some of the toughest people in the United States. We are resilient and when we work together nothing can stop the Garden State!
Photo courtesy of: Stronger Than The Storm