Pandemic fatigue is setting in for many people, and count Dolly Parton among them.
Dolly Parton Misses Pre-Pandemic Concerts
On Wednesday, the country superstar shared a picture on her Instagram account of herself performing on stage before a sizeable live audience.
“My goodness, do I miss this,” she added.
Doing Her Part to Stop the Spread
Of course, Parton has done her part to speed the return to a pandemic-free world. She donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help advance the Moderna vaccine. That vaccine was made possible by research at Vanderbilt and Emory University, among other places.
Last April, Parton tweeted, “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure.” She went on to say, “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
As the vaccine showed promising results, Parton told the BBC she was “so excited” to see it progressing. And she said she “felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world.”
A Vanderbilt spokesperson told the BBC that Parton’s “generous” contribution was going toward “several promising research initiatives.” That included an early-stage trial of the Moderna vaccine.
“I’m a very proud girl today to know I had anything at all to do with something that’s going to help us through this crazy pandemic,” Parton said.
Vanderbilt University Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Mark Denison told NPR that the money was also helping to develop drugs that inhibit COVID-19.
Being Better People After This
Moreover, Parton also filmed an uplifting video message to her fans in which she said she believes the pandemic is a lesson from God.
“I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love,” she said. “And I hope we learn that lesson. I think that when this passes we’re all gonna be better people.”
“So just keep the faith, don’t be too scared,” Parton added. “It’s going to be all right. God loves us.”
Parton is optimistic not just for her fans, but for herself as well. She’s been staying busier than ever during the pandemic. But on the other side of this, she plans to do some things differently.
She told Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal that when things get back to normal, they’re going to be even better than they were before.
“When life is good again, it’s going to be better than it ever was,” Parton said. “I know I’ll be a better person. I can see a lot of things that I can do better than I did before.”