Life Lessons Learned From the Coronavirus. Are there lessons to be learned from this pandemic? you bet.Although it’s not over yet. President Donald Trump warned last week that the US coronavirus pandemic would likely “get worse before it gets better”. Yes, I kind of get it. The coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and this pandemic is once again forcing people to pause and think.
Well, maybe not everyone is taking a break. When the state began lifting restrictions on businesses and public spaces, the news was posted with photos and videos of people gathering en masse. As an older American, I’m not only worried, but I also feel that in the rush to return to “normal” people don’t learn valuable lessons about empathy and self-sacrifice.
Actually, I was surprised by the attitude of some people. For example, I’ve heard of Elizabeth Linscott and her husband Isaiah from Kentucky who were placed under house arrest last week after Elizabeth tested positive for coronavirus. The couple refused to sign documents for approval for a two-week home quarantine.
“There’s no such thing as a pandemic,” Elizabeth said firmly. “Is it right?” A pandemic is the global spread of a new disease. Does this not qualify for the more than 16 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at the time of this writing?
“If you’re scared, please stay home because I can’t stop my life because you’re scared,” he added in an interview with Good Morning America. I was lying on the floor. What about the frontline people – everyone from those in the medical field to wholesalers – who are scared but forced to work? You have no choice but to “stay home”. The more vulnerable still have to run out of basic tasks like grocery shopping or medical appointments. I mean, hi Elizabeth, we are talking about 14 days of your entire life when your actions can mean life and death for some people. What happened to self-sacrifice to be better?
However, I am fully aware that there are some who agree with what they say.
Even after the restrictions are lifted, a “normal” life is still impossible for some. Older baby boomers and those with health problems continue to be advised to stay home. And for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, things will never be the same. Indeed, once vaccinations become available and we get to the other side of this pandemic, will our “normal” be the same for each of us? I don’t think so. Here is a thought. If this happens before we run away to get our lives back, maybe it’s time to admit that the pandemic has changed us forever – and some of it is worth keeping.
Ryan Seacrest joked, “If I start counting down the new year, will 2020 ever end?” It’s a funny joke, but maybe because I’m older and I know my days are limited, I’m not going to waste my own precious time with it. trying to dive into the future. If we use this pandemic as a time to reflect, there are important and unique life lessons to be learned.
Not that the coronavirus pandemic is fun. I don’t want to be Poliana here. Of course, it is painful and sometimes insurmountable. As the number of victims is increasing every day, the news is heartbreaking. I miss hugging my family and friends, traveling to new, exciting places, and the fun freedom of attending a lively, bustling concert. Dystopian views of empty grocery shelves, ghost towns, and masked people shudder as the pandemic begins. I was forced to see the ugly side of humanity as some people piled up food, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The scammers try to capitalize on the panic. There’s also the awful phrase “boomer buster” that’s starting to spread on Twitter, targeting us baby boomers, who are more vulnerable to the virus.
Can we talk about the haircut problem on the lighter side? As the weeks passed and it became clear that a visit to my hairdresser was impossible, I thought maybe now is a good time to see what I would look like with my gray hair. I’m terrible. My husband, 60 years old, was lucky enough to have a lot of hair left, looking like a mad scientist. So there is. A bottle of Revlon and some hair clippers work, but the results aren’t quite the same as a pro.
There are days when I feel productive and creative when I start a tank full of power and inspiration. But there were also days when I struggled with depression and anxiety, hated being cooped up in my house, ate a big bag of chips with a glass of wine to cheer me up, felt overwhelmed by the news and struggled with it. I felt it was too much – and it was. The world had not seen anything like it for more than a century. In addition, all tragedies have devastating economic repercussions as small businesses struggle to stay open. Protests and riots then broke out in the struggle for racial justice.
Sometimes good becomes bad.
But in the midst of all the turmoil, the pandemic requires me to remain calm and composed. Be content with your own company. Procrastinate and reflect on the more important aspects of life. With that in mind, here are some of the valuable lessons I’ve learned so far and the changes I’d like to maintain even after the pandemic is over.
I learned to:
* Embrace my spirituality
My spirituality and my belief in God have become more important than ever. The coronavirus has claimed that life is uncertain and unpredictable. As a result, I learned to fully rely on God for hope, strength, patience, and perseverance.
* Rate your favorite even more
Together with the rest of the world, I learned the value of human relationships in a way that was never possible before.
Not being able to see family made them even more precious to me. I don’t forget to eat out and travel to exotic places because I miss the little hands of my 2 year old granddaughter.
I’ve even become grateful for the technology – with which I usually have a love/hate relationship – that allows us to stay in touch with loved ones. However, I admit it is not the same. I am an introvert and not fully human. But now I realize that I took a friend’s hug for granted.
On a positive note, families are reunited with children from home school and parents from home, exercise gardening, play board games, ride bicycles and solve puzzles. This is good to see.
* See people’s kindness
What they say is true. The worst times can reveal the best among people. In the midst of all the chaos, I saw a brave and selfless hero emerge.
My husband’s colleague, Art, explained how his 60-year-old nurse, who deals with health issues, bravely responded to New York’s call for help in April and flew to the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak during the worst of the outbreak. “I don’t know if he’ll be back,” Art said matter-of-factly. Thousands joined him.
Medical staff continue to respond to calls for help in the areas hardest hit by the virus. Recently, U.S. Air Force doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers have been sent to hospitals in California, including Eisenhower Hospital near my home, to help the coronavirus emerge in the healthcare system.
Grocery store suppliers and workers are ready to start their lives to serve us. Many restaurant owners donate food. With a sign and a teddy bear in a shop window or a positive message written in chalk on the sidewalk, communities and neighborhoods encourage one another. People raise dogs to help with animal shelters. No one is immune to this virus and it somehow serves to unite us.
* Enjoy nature
Although I have always appreciated nature. I became more and more aware of the beauty of the hibiscus flower blooming in my garden, the low sound of birds singing happily or the night desert sky that revealed its innumerable splendor.
With less air pollution in our cities, the sky has never looked bluer. Wildlife is starting to rebuild areas that were once dominated by humans.
It’s never been so true – nature calms you down.
* Be grateful for my life and health
The pandemic taught me how unsafe life is and how vulnerable we all as humans are. Life itself should not be taken for granted – even when it gets tough. It is a wise reminder to take care of your health.
I have to admit that keeping breakfast under control while staying at home is challenging, but I’m still developing some healthy habits that I want to stick to.
For example, because I really wanted to get out of the house and into nature, I never went out for walks or biked again. Now that where I live is too hot for outdoor training, I found the FitOn app with free training videos thanks to a friend. After all, not only does exercise help our immune system, it can also reduce the extra anxiety we all feel right now.
I also learned not to focus on the little things. The pandemic puts small perspectives into perspective.
* Get more empathic
During the initial panic, some couldn’t afford to stock up on groceries and toilet paper, which made me even more aware of the unemployed living paycheck to paycheck. Some people have to make terrible decisions to stay safe or risk their lives and go back to work to have a roof over their heads and food on the table. Some chose the latter and died as a result.
I think of the helpless and vulnerable elderly people who are terrified in nursing homes and those with mental health issues who have difficulty coping with their fears even under normal circumstances. That gives me perspective. I know the fear and worry I sometimes feel is incomparable.