In this profession we see the worst, but we also witness the extraordinary moments and everything in between. Through this pandemic I have been honored to stand next to my colleagues and witness strength, perseverance, and resilience not just by nurses but by our patients, family, friends, and frontline healthcare and non-healthcare heroes. We have been heroes long before covid-19 and will remain heroes long after. Besides our brilliant brains, we are also blessed with delivering care and compassion. In those moments where we think we will not prevail; I shine a light by smiling. Something so simple but when a patient smiles back with even the faintest smile, it makes even the hardest bearable.