What Did You Learn to Appreciate in the Pandemic?
The pandemic, which started in 2020 and continues it 2021 is annoying, to say the least. However, what happens if we turn off the negativity and focus on the positive for a while, what did we learn from the pandemic? And how did it change our perspective on life and our interactions with others around?
I’ve asked my better half, my friends, and myself the hard question; Can you tell me something good or positive that happened in your life in the pandemic? And each of them had something to say.
A quick reminder: We should know, understand, and acknowledge that the pandemic had catastrophic effects on a huge portion of the population. This story doesn’t undermine these events; it only sheds light on the situation from a different perspective.
Each story below is written from a different perspective. They are the stories of a group of people.
“Suddenly, I had more free time.”
This is actually my story. My work is very demanding. I commute a total of 150 minutes every day at least. On top of, I used to travel a lot to Asia or the States.
Even if I wasn’t travelling abroad, I used to run from one meeting to the next and always looking at the time to make sure that I consider traffic and commute time all at once.
In the pandemic, I work remotely, and all of my meetings are remote. All of a sudden, I have more time for my clients as well as for myself and my family. I don’t need to schedule my calls and meeting with sufficient time in between to go from one place to the next. I can do all of my calls and meetings from one location behind my dual monitors.
I had more time to start writing privately, build side income streams, spend more time with my family and friends. I’m not fatigued on the weekends from all the travelling anymore — Weekends are now fantastic opportunities to connect with my son.
On top of that, I used to be a control freak. I used to micro-manage everything at work within my team. This micro-management became hard with all of us working from home. I learned to trust my team to achieve the goal in their own way, base and time. Not all of them worked from nine to five because they had to homeschool their kids and instead opted to work at night. I stopped controlling their work, and I learned to trust them to achieve the goal, which is more important.
“Corona woke up an old passion”
How is it even possible that a small virus stops life as we know it across the world? Concerts, live shows, and big events were suddenly a thing of the past.
My depression and anger grew every week in Lockdown. The decision-makers didn't give us any clear answers. All the experts were guessing and using their best judgement in the situation — they didn’t have any definitive answer for us.
We reached the skies and made incredible things, but a small virus destroyed our lives — The anger kept filling inside of me as the pandemic continued.
My wife knew about my previous passion for painting and colouring. A hobby that I stopped doing as I grew older. On my birthday she got me a colouring book for adults. Since I had time, I started colouring whenever I didn’t know what else to do. To my surprise, two days later I was browsing Amazon for canvas, colours, brushes, and much more — I want to paint, paint, and paint some more.
My anger and depression went away. I was back in my elements.
“I finally had the chance to meet me”
I never liked being alone. I made sure that I always did something with friends or with my partner. Even if I read a book, my partner was still next to me on the couch.
I wasn't alone during the pandemic. I share a place with my partner and a roommate.
Still, they weren't always available to do stuff together. I had to spend some time on my own, whether it was walking alone with my headphones on or yoga at home.
I was forced to spend time alone, and I’m thankful for this chance. I got to meet me and work on myself.
“I acknowledge my privileges.”
In July 2019 we moved to our new townhouse with the small garden. We used to live in an apartment with a small balcony before.
During the lockdown, I kept telling my husband that buying the house was an incredible decision. Imagine if we went to lockdown while we were in our old apartment.
I think I annoyed him by repeating this almost every day — One day he responded: Think about our old neighbours and everybody who doesn't have the luxury of a garden or greenery in their surroundings.
It hit me — I was privileged for having a garden. My kids had the chance to go outside every day to play in our garden while other parents had to entertain their kids in the living room. I felt bad for taking our situation for granted, and I immediately started feeling for others locked in more challenging conditions.
We were able to continue our work from home with our two kids around. I used to be furious that schools were closed — I had no break between work and taking care of our two kids. I didn't think about others who didn't have the chance to work from home, and suddenly their kids had to stay home. I was only looking at my situation without considering others around me — I’m sorry.
We will get through it together
It is important to remember that this pandemic hit hard. People lost their jobs, were disconnected from their families (I’m stuck in a country and I can’t fly to visit my parents), some weren't able to pay rent, and some got even evicted.
Even if my friends and I found some positivity during the pandemic, this doesn't mean that everyone saw it too. We should feel for others and stand together hand in hand to go through it.