We are living in a time like no other that we’ve experienced. The most recent pandemic was H1N1 in 2009. There were many differences in society from that time. There was not the business, state or country shut-downs that are occurring currently. This fact alone has made it a quite different experience in our lifetimes.
The media is also making a huge impact in this pandemic. It has never been so accessible or prolific. We can hear from the president, governors, and mayors on a daily basis. There are updates frequently and the news is shared worldwide. Do you think this is a good or bad thing? We all have our own opinions on this.
Depending on your perspective, this is making huge changes in our normalcy. What is emerging is that there really are no “normals”. It feels like it was all an illusion, the life we were experiencing before February 2020. This was supposed to be the best year ever, wasn’t it? Well, it still might be depending on how you look at it.
The Shift Happening
Some have already noticed a shift in the way people communicate with one another. It seems to be a kinder world these days. People are more patient and more understanding it seems. Well, unless you are searching for toilet paper.
Families are together more whether they’d like to be or not. Dads are around more than normal. I wonder how that will change in the future. Families aren’t spending as much out of fear or because they can’t go anywhere. They may even be having meals together more often these days.
What about people’s faith? Do you sense a longing for something to hold onto instead of our own wills? Have you noticed talking about God doesn’t seem to be as taboo as it has been in the past? Churches may be empty but maybe more are hearing the Word on their Facebook pages where they might not have paid attention in the past.
People that we may have taken for granted in the past are the heroes of today. We don’t really hear about the hard work that teachers, nurses, medical professionals of all sorts do on a daily basis. We know they are there when we need them but may not have appreciated them nearly as much as we do now. I hope that will change for the better in the future.
For me, some things that have changed in the way I view them are things like cooking. I’ve never really been a big fan, but I see now it’s not really the act of cooking that is the issue. There are usually so many other things happening at the same time. So everything is more rushed and distracting. With being on shut down and having no where to go, time stands still. I can look at the clock and really sense the time passing as opposed to feeling like it’s been lost somewhere.
How about you? Have you noticed a difference in your perspective?