Covid-19: What Have We Learnt?
Covid-19: What Have We Learnt?
There is no doubt that Covid-19 and the pandemic have been a shock to all of us, and many have suffered illness, loss and even death. People have responded very differently to this global crisis. There will always be a brighter side in changes and to feel the truth we just need to observe positively the “before” and “after” situations to recognise the good. Amid all the uncertainty and challenges faced during the period of the Global Pandemic, there’s been the sense among many of us that Covid-19 has helped us evaluate our lives and focus on what’s truly precious to us. Below I’ve listed some of the things we may have learnt from Covid-19 – in no particular order – and how it has possibly changed us and our lives.
- Celebrated the gift of good health.
- Deepened our ties with loved ones.
- Reduced our carbon footprint.
- Become a lot more mindful/spiritual.
- Avoided traffic jams.
- Reconsidered our priorities in life.
- Learnt to reach out to others in need.
- Met lots of new people on Zoom.
- Remembered that there’s no place like home.
- Become more adept with technological tools.
- Walked or cycled around our neighbourhood and met people we had no idea lived near us.
- Come to understand the preciousness of the freedoms we normally enjoy.
- Learnt that we don’t need as much stuff as we thought.
- Developed our sense of resilience and adaptability.
- Saved a lot of money on fuel (petrol, diesel…).
- Reconnected with people we’ve lost touch with.
- Been reminded of our priorities: what is and what isn’t important.
- Realised how productive we can be from our own home.
- Watched a lot of really good TV and read some great books.
- Done a lot more work, having little else to do.
- Cleaned and tidied up the house – finally!
- Had long, deep conversations that we never had time for.
- Gained an appreciation for the simple ability to be with other people.
- Rediscovered the wonder that is homemade cooking.
- Realised that the planet is a single, intertwined community…
“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”
Understanding Our Priorities
This global pandemic has made us value our lives and evaluate our priorities. It taught us how precious it is to be able to live and how to weigh the small things that happen in life. Coronavirus has helped us to comprehend the importance of social interaction and simple things like a hug, coffee with a friend, or a family get-together. It also made us realise that the people closest to us deserve our time and attention, and we do too. Interaction with each other at a time like this is very crucial.
Adapting to New Routines
It’s very natural to become inflexible whenever our daily routine is changed and that is because we may have been forced out of our comfort zone. The pandemic has done that by changing many of our daily routines. However, rather than feeling stressed about the changes, we should strive to adapt to the situation for the better. This pandemic has thrown a test towards us to see how resilient we are as humans and our ability to be flexible and creative in the face of uncertainty.
Being Content with Ourselves
Have a lot of leisure time has allowed us to rest and recharge ourselves. We always keep ourselves on the go and it’s just too hard for us to be in the home and to do nothing. The global pandemic has given us a new sense of appreciation and gratefulness. It has provided us a perspective on everything we have taken for granted – our freedom, connections, work, family, and friends. It has allowed us to focus on our inner self and gain confidence by perceiving what we can accomplish on our own.
The Pleasure in Cooking
Staying home has forced us to learn or to re-ignite our ability to cook. Learning cooking skills is one of the most important skills that all of us – women and men – should acquire. Time has taught us self-sustainability, it also saves our money and, in most cases, the home cooked food is much healthier. As a result, we have seen that people are sharing their delicious recipes on social media and discovering the joys of cooking… and becoming healthier too!
This short article is not intended to cover every lesson we may have learnt. It’s just food for thought and I hope you have enjoyed reading it. ~anthony