Can you believe where we were headed one year ago? No one imagined that COVID-19 would (literally) shut down the world for some time. And that a year later, we would be fighting to return to life as we knew it.
So many changes have been going on as we are trying to make our way. We thought it would be interesting to ask people what they have observed over the past 12 months that surprised them, and here’s what they said:
- Working from home actually works.
- We are all resilient. But the kids take the cake in this category.
- Wearing jeans and a sweater feels like dressing up.
- Some of us are still using the toilet paper we stock-piled last March. (The same goes for antibacterial wipes).
- There’s serious competition for who has the best Zoom background.
- Curbside pickup is genius and hopefully here to stay.
- The hooks by our back doors are filled with all kinds of different masks.
- Handshakes and hugs are missed.
- Coughing in public is a big no-no.
- We all know what six feet looks like in any situation.
On a super positive note, people told us over and over that one of the best things that have come out of the pandemic is patience. There is more compassion and understanding for interruptions, like when kids need help, or the mailman rings the doorbell. There is a better sense of kindness and a welcome openness to flexibility. The fact that a pandemic can bring us together is inspiring.
What do we do now? Take a deep breath, look positively to the future, and keep being gracious to one another. When we look back in another year, we’ll again marvel at how far we’ve come.