We are living in a surreal time. The birds are singing, the trees and flowers are blooming and yet, life is anything but what we used to call normal.
Huge changes are in the wind, in ways that we hadn’t predicted as 2019 was coming to an end.
If You Had More Time, You Would…
Funny how we fool ourselves about the reasons we haven’t gotten around to doing some tasks.
Example: A person on Facebook wrote, “After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my house, but lacking the time, this week I learned that wasn’t the reason.”
I’m sure similar thoughts are conjured up in your mind.
I’m retired but I still had a daily routine. I got up every weekday with my wife, had breakfast, saw her off to work and then poured myself another cup of coffee while watching a morning television news program.
Then I’d start my day.
The media I used consisted of streaming TV and streaming audio. Over-the-air radio was something I played in the car when I went shopping for food or supplies.
Then COVID-19 invaded everyone’s normal life.
With my wife now out of work, we didn’t have a need to rise with an alarm. Watching the morning news with that second cup of coffee was now a memory. Going out for the daily food and supplies is now something done much less frequently. Streaming movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hoopla and YouTube now make up more of our day, as has Face-Timing with our kids and grandkids, as they too are all home now.
I can only imagine, how even more disrupted the lives of parents are, they now find themselves trying to work from home, plus home school their children.
On average it takes a person over two months to form a new habit, 66-days to be exact. That’s the length of time, most of us, will be staying-at-home. What will we be like after that time?
Will we immediately make plans to dine out, go to shows, be in large crowds or will we cautiously proceed?
Will we maintain some of those new habits, never to fully return to the way things used to be?
Will we begin to maintain a basic stockpile of necessities, like toilet tissue, to be sure we never find ourselves looking at bare store shelves when we’ve run out?
Will we find that saving more money in our bank accounts is prudent for times when we may find ourselves out-of-work again?
Will the new media choices we’ve found during our time of forced hibernation become the ones we now depend on in our daily lives?
How Has Your Life Been Changed by COVID-19?
In the comments section of today’s blog, I hope you will share your COVID-19 stories about how your lives have been changed by this virus. How you are adapting and how you are surviving. Maybe there’s something you’re doing we might all enjoy doing as well.
We’re all in this together.
Stay safe, stay home.