Hmmm… I have to admit that I am curious about how you all are feeling about things now that we are few months into this pandemic. Obviously, I’m sure that we all continue to feel overwhelmed by the mass loss of life and the many other devastating effects caused by COVID-19, but still I have to wonder if there are any changes that you have welcomed since all of this first began.
It’s a bit difficult for me to credit the virus with much of a change in my usual routine because I’ve been at home recovering from surgery long before COVID-19 came to be. Just the same, now that I am feeling and doing better, I have certainly come to welcome a slower pace of life. While I have missed out many things over the past few months, as have all of you, I do value being able to enjoy the comforts of our own home and I’m happy to have had ample time to do my physiotherapy exercises which are still necessary. Since our snow melt, I’ve also been able to resume my outside walks and do a little bit of yardwork here and there which always feels good. Twice in the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to go camping at our lake lot with family, which was amazing, and we just found out this very morning that our long-awaited trip to our favourite mountain spot is a go thanks to the National Parks deciding to approve visitors/camping here in Canada. I’m also grateful that some things have opened back up again locally, so that I can fit in much-needed medical appointments and visit with the odd friend via socially-distanced activities.
If I had to work my usual crazy schedule in amongst all of what is happening in the world, I’m not sure that I would have fared as well as I have. Who knew that my slow, at times very painful, recovery would be a blessing in disguise in that it has allowed me to hunker down during all of the madness without having the added worry of work?! They say everything happens for a reason, though I certainly couldn’t have anticipated all of what has come to be our new reality. To all of you who have had to continue working, home school your children, etc., hats off to you! I truly cannot imagine how very difficult this has all been for you and your families. That being said, I’ve heard some friends/parents say that they have appreciated working from home for example, since it has afforded them some freedoms that they wouldn’t otherwise have had, such as spending more time with their spouse/children, being able to go for walks, have a more leisurely morning, etc.
So, how about you? How have you had to adapt over the past while and what is the one thing that you have felt fortunate to have or be able to do that wouldn’t have been the case if it had not been for the coronavirus? If you are willing to share, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂