What has COVID-19 taught you? Here are three lessons that I have learned.
1. There is no reason to devote a day a week to errands like grocery shopping.
I am now in love with online shopping for everything. Of course, I always shopped online. But COVID required me to go beyond book buying and gifts. I feel so liberated. I can save the chore of shopping to my low energy hours. My best focused hours are now available for my writing and other forms of creating. I will never go back to devoting a day for running errands.
2. Time with your loved ones is time worth planning and cherishing.
Pre-COVID, I wasn’t much of a planner. Somehow, I usually ended up with the people I wanted to be with, but that was often because someone else made the effort of planning that meeting, party, lunch, or visit. Now I’ve learned the preciousness of time with others. I have a new understanding of those who create traditions like Sunday dinner with the family and annual family vacations. Life is richer when I’m with the people I love. It’s worth planning and commitment to make that happen.
3. If you always wanted to do something, then do it now.
Tomorrow is not guaranteed. There is no guarantee that your health or energy or the state of the world will be there to enable or enjoy your goals. So, if you always wanted to do something, find a way to start doing it now.
I knew this pre-COVID. The lesson always hits me hard when I think of those who have passed and never got to their bucket lists. But it rings louder now, when nothing, not travel, not even life itself, is guaranteed.
For me, this means, right now, finishing my third novel. There are some characters of future books in the shadows of my brain, hovering, watching, waiting for me to get to them, too. I will give them words, or I will die trying, COVID be damned!
What has dealing with COVID-19 taught you? How will your daily life be different, after this is behind us, than it was pre-COVID?