Tomorrow marks a year since my life has changed due to Covid. In many ways it was a sad year…in many ways, it was a good year. I think I’m more of a glass-half-full girl so while many have bemoaned the terribleness of staying home more, I really haven’t. I’ve always been a homebody girl.
Here are some of the things I’ve really enjoyed in the last year.
Going to the doctor is so different
-Limited wait times in the waiting room
-I can communicate and be served better by the doctor through messages. Several times I was able to communicate with my doctor using the message service thus was prevented from having to go in and be seen. I’ve so appreciated this. I really hope it can continue.
Family Face Time
-Facing timing with five kids at once with kids running around in the background is a little bit of a joke but being we aren’t together as often, we’ve started a tradition of doing this a little more.
-We started a new tradition of getting together on birthdays and singing to the person with the birthday. I hope that continues.
-I love grocery pickup. I have saved so much time doing grocery pickup.
-On the reverse, I love going to the grocery store now when I do go. It seems like a whole new world opens up when I go. There are so many options that I didn’t see as options before. Going to get groceries isn’t quite the chore it was.
Staying Home When Sick
-I know some people hate that we are all encouraged to stay home when we are sick. I love it. Think of how much less spreading of colds and such are happening now. My childcare parents used to bring kids to childcare that obviously needed to stay home. Now their workplaces are more flexible and understanding and let parents stay home with their child. I’m sad that things haven’t always been like that…I hope workplaces can stay that way. I think it’s so good for everyone.
-So many times the best medicine for any cold or illness is rest. I think people are doing more of that…and that’s good.
Prioritizing and Appreciating
-I think everyone has learned a little more about what is truly important to them. When you can’t go to the movie theatre, do you find you miss it? When you can’t meet for regular quilt guild meetings, do you miss it? When you don’t see your grandchildren as much when you do, is it so much sweeter?
I think all of us have seen that living without some things has made us happier. I think we’ve all seen that living without some things has made us sadder. In the hustle of it all before, I think we didn’t take the time to really look and examine, to ask ourselves, do I really love being part of this group? Do I really miss it?
I think there is going to be a shift in things…I think more people are going to stop doing some things they find they didn’t miss, but also I think some people might join things they previously didn’t do. I’m sure some people have had more time to quilt and now would like to join a quilt guild.
-I think a new appreciation of nature has happened. I know Karl is someone who does not like staying home. He has hiked and gotten outdoors more than ever…even winter hiking and night hiking.
I know me, I look at walking Rosie as “getting out”.
I know other families like Kalissa’s family and went crazy about biking. They even got me out on my bike riding a trail.
When Craig and Kalissa went to upgrade their bikes, they had a really hard time finding bikes. So many people were buying them. The same holds true for the outdoor pool they bought. They had trouble finding one as so many people were buying them up. When people were confined, they hit the great outdoors. I hope that tradition continues. A good healthy appreciation of nature is good for us all.
Along the same line, I think people picked up more hobbies.
Me, I think I got in more cross stitch time over the last year because of the pandemic. I think it’s been a great year for cross stitch suppliers and designers. People were home so they stitched more than ever.
I know many more people were gardening. They had more time to do it and suddenly through shortages, came to not take food in the grocery store quite so much for granted. That’s a good thing.
I think the change over the last year has been great for many of us in a way we don’t often realize that came about because of Covid. Being Bonnie Hunter isn’t out teaching, she’s been producing more patterns and we’ve been able to get them quicker rather than wait for a new book. Lori Holt used to be out on the road teaching too. Instead, she is offering regular videos on Youtube that we all can enjoy. I’m curious, once there’s a change if these creators will keep up the new format or go back to the old of teaching and being on the road. Me, I love this. I feel like more of us have access to their talents.
I know there has been bad. I know some families are suffering. I know people have lost jobs. I know some jobs may never come back. I know the stress on some people like nurses will be something they long carry. I know many lost important people. I wish that wasn’t so…I don’t want to downplay any of that for even a second.
But…I do think, if we look carefully, all of us can find something that actually changed for the better in the last year. Remember…I’m a glass-half-full girl so it didn’t take much looking for me to find some good things. How about you? Did you like some of the changes that happened because of Covid? I’d love for you to share a change that happened because of Covid that you found you could appreciate. Please leave a comment in the comment section.