8 Lessons Learned from the Coronavirus Pandemic
- We are all in this together, and that’s calming and scary at the same time: This pandemic does not discriminate. I have said that we have been in things together before, but we truly are in this together. There is a sense of unity, and with unity, brings hope, a soothing calmness. We see that we must work together, but having to trust and depend on others, can be very scary. It is okay to be scared and hopeful at the same time. You got this! 😊
- Our dreams of working remotely and not having to leave our house are not as easy as it seems: I think a lot of us at one time or another wished that we could stay in and work from home. Now that we have to, we are not so excited about it. At first, a week or two seemed like a nice vacation, but when the time became longer, and more and more places started shutting down, we felt lost. Or at least I did. When it was just an option, we wanted it. Now that it’s a necessity, it is scary. Feel those feelings but make a list of the things you have wanted to do and/or have been putting off, and slowly add it to your day. It will be an adjustment in the beginning, but as time goes on, these things will brighten your day, and give you something to look forward to.
- We all deal with stress and fear differently: I am stressed and fearful. That is the truth. It is not all the time, but it is definitely present. I deal with my stress and fear in different ways. Sometimes, I use it for good. Other times, it is used for productivity. But there are times, where I panic, get angry, and frustrated. It doesn’t make it right, but it makes me human. I have made mistakes during this. I think a lot of people have in terms of stress and fear. Let’s give each other some compassionate and continue to learn and do better.
- It forces us to think outside of our privilege and perspective: I will admit when this first happened, I went out and bought some things and that was that. I have always been someone who has the essentials and more. I like to have canned foods, medicines, and a full freezer for the “just in cases.” I am a student lifer and writer and I am home a fair amount. To me, this was a big deal, but I had already had a lot of experience with being home and having constant fear and anxiety. It didn’t occur to me that others didn’t have that type of thinking, resources, experiences. It was time for me to check my privilege and my perspective. I think this made all of us more aware of others’ circumstances, and that’s a great thing!
- No matter how much you prepare, you can’t prepare for everything: Preparation is key. I think that we need to prepare for any and every aspect of our lives. It helps us to function and stay focused. However, this has taught me more about faith and hope. Some things you can’t prepare for and that is uncomfortable. But it is a part of life and do the best you can and lean on your support, faith and hope!
- It is a great time to get some of the things done that you have been putting off: If you are anything like me, you have been putting some things off. Sometimes, we just don’t have enough time, and other times we are just not ready to face the task. Right now, this is teaching us to face our fears and live our lives even more than we have been doing.
- It is a great reminder of the importance of overall health and wellness: I started my health and wellness journey a few years ago, and I have been trying to stay on track. Like most people, it is difficult to do all of the time. But right now, we are reminded of our health, our hygiene, and how fragile it can be. We must advocate for ourselves and others to take care of our health. We tend to take it for granted, and now is the time to prioritize it.
- This is the wakeup call we didn’t know we needed: This is fearful, scary, and devastating, and it is difficult to see beyond that. But I don’t think we never saw something like this coming. I think we took for granted how we were able to live. We have been going through most days like zombies, full of stress and responsibility. I can see, in a lot of our eyes, the sadness and anger taking over as we continue to get older. This is a big wakeup call on many fronts. And I propose to you that we look at our lives and see if we are really and truly living. We all know we have one life, but most of us don’t let that really sink in and do much more than the bare minimum. Let’s go for it. We really have nothing to lose than regret itself.