I am 37 years old and during my lifetime there have been several events that stick in the mind for having truly changed the course of world history.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a monumental moment, although I was too young at the time to appreciate its significance.
The September 11 terrorist attacks, which took place almost 20 years ago but seem like just yesterday, sent shockwaves around the world.
The advent of the internet and the devices that flowed from that, most obviously smart phones, forever altered the way humans communicate.
Of course, there are many other major events that could be mentioned - the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, tsunamis, bushfires, financial collapses, the rise of China as a superpower - but for me at least, the aforementioned three stand apart.
I think I can now confidently add a fourth to that list.
The coronavirus pandemic could very well end up being the most disruptive and destructive event in not just my lifetime.
Already it has affected absolutely every part of our lives. It has changed the way we socialise. It has changed the way we work. It has changed the way we eat and drink.
This is the reality we are now living in.
How long will it last? That is the question everyone is asking but no one knows the answer to.
Some are predicting this will blow over in a month or two. Others are predicting major impacts for the next 12 to 18 months.
One thing is for sure, our lives will never be quite the same again.
On Monday, The Daily Advertiser made the difficult decision to temporarily close its Peter Street office and join all newsrooms in the ACM network in moving to a working from home model.
There is no doubt this change has added an extra layer of complexity to what we do each day, but despite the challenges, I assure you we are absolutely committed to continuing to bring you the news that matters in our community.
All the best for the week ahead,
Ross Tyson, editor