A New Way of Life
How strange has the world become in the last few weeks?
As much as we all heard about the virus, it seemed so far away that it didn’t really feel real. But now countries have closed borders, businesses are shutting doors and people are self isolating.
There is a real reason for doing all this, we want to slow down the spread of the virus to give our health care systems a fighting chance to save as many people as possible. Doctors and scientists have already said that most people will get this virus. But what is truly terrifying, and what stops me from visiting family and my grandparents, is that with elderly relatives who are already ill, and one parent recovering from an infection, is the idea that I might accidentally share with them a virus that shows no symptoms when it is most contagious… I take public transport everywhere, I work in a high rise corporate tower in the middle of the city (we are all working from home now) – so in theory, even though I feel completely fine, I more than likely am carrying the virus and could easily share it.
So I’m staying home, self isolating as instructed. I do go out for walks twice a day for fresh air and exercise. But I don’t touch anything with my hands, and I make sure there is space around me when walking through people or in shops.
As an introvert this is almost a dream come true – no invitations out, plenty of time to read, to write on my blog and just generally be in my own space. But from the other side, this is scary and what it will mean for society when we come out of the worst of it, no one really knows.
What we do know though, is that everything will be different. The way businesses operate will change. Retail will change. Governments and banks wanted to remove cash, well they may very well get their wish now.
So what should the rest of us do?
Well, I know that I will be making the most of this unexpected time to study, to grow, to work on side hustles and generally focus on my mental and physical health.
It will be incredibly tempting to spend my time on the couch reading or scrolling through Netflix, but time is something we never seem to have enough of. Now there is almost too much. The last thing I want to do, is waste it.
Over the past few weeks as I have been writing and reading, I’ve learned so much already and connected with people I have lost touch with.
We are living in unprecedented times, but it is also presenting us with unprecedented opportunities.
If you had all the time in the world, what would you do with it?