Here in the US, businesses are starting to open back up after weeks of pandemic lockdown. We’re about to enter a new phase in this journey together.
Today marks 60 days that my family and I have lived and worked and been schooled from home, the five of us. It’s been a cozy little cocoon these many weeks. The weather is finally starting to improve in Ohio with warmer temps, no snow, less rain. This particular way we’ve been living life is coming to an end.
We all know how easy it can be to lament the many things we’ve lost over these 60 days: people chief among them, followed by jobs and life savings, milestones like proms and graduations and weddings and spring sports, and then maybe even followed by civility among our fellow Americans.
Let’s not focus on that. Let’s focus on what we’ve gained, what we vow to do differently. I don’t want to go back to the way things were.
I’ll go first. In no particular order and by no stretch all-inclusive, here’s what I have gained and want to keep in my day-to-day life:
- Routine family dinner, and all this extra time with the kids
- Frequent meditation
- Book reading
- More blogging
- Working from home (aka, the three-minute commute) with a puppy in my lap now and then
- Comfy clothes
- Reconnecting with far-flung friends using any manner of video technology
- Netflix (yes!) for on-demand comedy
- Savings that arose from not buying gas, lunch, clothes, etc.
- The ability to focus on and truly enjoy the moments that make up the here and now
- The realization that some things are truly outside of our control
- The gift of my tribe – my tight circle of family, friends, and coworkers who I love
- Simplicity of routine and in possessions
- The sound of birds singing
- Extra time for more hiking
- A mostly empty evening and weekend calendar to use as the mood strikes me
- Immense gratitude for my health and for all front line care givers, essential workers, and creative types who found ways to inject joy into these crazy days.
How about you? I’d love to hear at least one thing you discovered or reclaimed since the pandemic and you resolve to continue, to do different than you did before the world changed.
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