The last couple of months have certainly been challenging. It’s been difficult turning on the TV or opening Google or Facebook without seeing unpleasant updates about COVID-19’s impact on us. With that being said, this pandemic has given us an opportunity to adapt and better yet, appreciate what we normally take for granted.
I’d be lying if I wasn’t worried about the impact of COVID-19 and I’d certainly be lying if I said I didn’t have my share of dark days when over-analyzing what could be in the aftermath of this pandemic. In fairness, though, I’m privileged enough to still have a job. Working from home has been an adjustment as I’m sure it has been for everyone in the same situation, but the fact that I still have a job — and one I can contribute to as regularly as when I worked from an office — gives me plenty of reason to feel thankful. So, while things could be a bit better, it’s always important to remember that things could be a lot worse.
My wife and I are missing what made us busy in the city: going to plays and movies, making trips to our local board game cafe — where we traded wins in marathon games of UNO and Battleship — and even exploring new restaurants and museums. On the bright side, we have been finding new areas to take long walks — while being friendly to others from an appropriate distance — and getting some much-needed exercise, especially after our building’s gym has temporarily closed due to the aforementioned pandemic.
Our walks, however, have let us be creative as we point out different houses we pass, explaining what we like and what we don’t about many of them. As a sidenote, my wife does like to poke fun at me as I have become known for being a fan of red doors on houses.
This has nevertheless kept us looking forward to the future when we plan on moving to a bigger place. When that will be may be undetermined at this juncture but the thought of it and letting our creative juices flowing as far as what we like in a new house keeps us lucid as we plan for our future.
Another silver lining during this time is how shopping has been. The change hasn’t been an easy one but last weekend, we waited outside of Walmart for 40 minutes. While that may not be the most ideal situation, the wait turned out to be beneficial.
Personally, I avoid Walmart, shopping malls and major grocery stores like the proverbial plague on weekends. After all, large moving crowds make me anxious and I’d just rather be anywhere else. This past weekend, though, we were calm and methodical at Walmart. With far less shoppers, we were able to get everything we needed without having to struggle with even a tinge of anxiety, and it felt wonderful. Okay, maybe “wonderful” is stretching it but our experience was nonetheless a breath of fresh air.
As an added bonus, we have both used this time to calm ourselves mentally. For my wife, it’s putting puzzles together; for me, it’s my Golden Girls colouring book. Yes, you read that correctly.
I don’t know how long the self-isolation is going to last nor how things are going to look on the other side of this, but what I do know is that, as the old adage goes, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve endured our struggles and we will continue to do once things get back to normal but the last time I checked, this is life. It’s full of un-pleasantries, curveballs and wake-up calls, but that is not the only side of life.
Focusing more on what you have and what is good about you, your life and the world around you helps more than some may realize. Get your information but don’t be consumed by the news; see what’s happening on social media but don’t invest in the conspiracy theories or buy into the radical political beliefs of others. Be yourself, do your own thing, be patient and, most of all, be safe and healthy.