5 Ways The COVID-19 Experience Will Change Our Lives For The Better

I will begin by saying, “I am in no way denying the fact that COVID-19 is one of the deadliest viruses that mankind has ever been faced with.”

What I would like to bring to people’s attention is that our lives will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a matter of fact, things could turn out better for us (I am an optimist by nature; which is the reason why I am going to highlight the positive aspects).

So, my friend, grab the beverage of your choice along with your favourite snack and read on (There is a high probability of you agreeing with my perspective).

1.) We Will Develop A Deeper Appreciation For Nature

There is no doubt in my mind, that almost everyone is going to develop a deeper appreciation for nature.

And, why is it that I would think that?

Because on a global scale, countless people were ordered to stay at home by their respective governments (That was all part of the quarantine measures that we all had to undergo in order to curb the spread of COVID-19).

So, when quarantine is lifted, many of us are going to find ourselves outdoors; we will be enjoying:

  • The sunshine.
  • The fresh air.
  • The grass underneath our bare feet.
  • The sight of the trees.
  • The wonderful fragrance of flowers.
  • The sight of insects buzzing and crawling.
  • The sight of wild animals roaming around in the forested areas.

Before our lives were threatened by COVID-19, a large percentage of people took the beauty of nature for granted (It is a pity that a lot of us had to spend an enormous amount of unwanted time indoors in order for us to develop a deep appreciation for nature’s magnificence).

2.) We Will Stop Taking Our Senior Citizens For Granted

The shocking truth is that a lot of us took our senior citizens for granted; for example:

  • Not wanting to visit our grandparents (Unless it is their birthday).
  • Putting off the visitation of our parents.
  • Visiting the home of an aunt or an uncle once in a Blue Moon.

On a positive note, we found the time to connect with them during the COVID-19 pandemic via:

We had to stay miles away; which played a vital role in not spreading COVID-19 to the elderly — the group of people who happen to be highly susceptible to that particular virus.

The irony is that we all wish that we could be in their presence.

You can bet your last dollar that you would be spending lots of valuable time with senior citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed (After all, they are not going to be around on this Earthly plane forever).

3.) We Will Prepare More Meals At Home

Here in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (and in other parts of the world) restaurants had to cease their operation because they did not fall into the category of essential services.

Therefore, everyone had to purchase their food in the grocery and prepare their own meals at home (Some people had no choice but to learn how to cook).

A lot of us realized that we were spending way too much money on fast-food — a type of food that lacks a lot of the basic nutrients; which is an unhealthy choice of food.

The money that we saved by not buying food from restaurants could be put to good use; such as:

  • Buying a domain.
  • Placing the money that we saved into our bank account.
  • Purchasing a new computer.
  • Putting money aside for a proverbial rainy day.
  • Buying organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Purchasing high-quality vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Putting aside money; which will be used to pay our college tuition.
  • Investing in a better health insurance plan.

Many of us found out the hard way, that we could save ourselves a whole lot of money by preparing our own food at home.

Now, I am not hinting to anyone that they should not buy food from their favourite restaurant when quarantine has been finally lifted (It is okay for people to make moderate purchases of food at their favourite restaurant).

The main thing that I want everyone to know is that they can save large sums of money by simply preparing their own food at home.

4.) We Will Benefit From Learning A New Skill

Some people made an extra effort to learn a new skill during their lockdown period; such as:

  • Learning how to cook an entirely new recipe.
  • Learning a new language.
  • Learning how to sew a fabric face mask.

The things that we learn today will come in rather handy tomorrow (And if we wish, we could go a bit further by making a living from off of the things that we learned in the past).

Have you learned anything new recently?

5.) We Will Stop Taking Our Own Health For Granted

Many of us have come to the realization that we stand a better chance of fighting off viruses if our immune system is healthy; this is made possible by consuming foods that contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

We can also boost our immune system by:

  • Getting a moderate amount of physical exercise.
  • Managing our stress levels.
  • Getting our quota of sleep.

Dear friend, we should not have to wait for the threat of some type of viral infection in order for us to boost our immune system; it should be something that we do right throughout the year with the intention of remaining healthy.

A lot of us will be making it a priority of ours to boost our immune system after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed (After all, it does not hurt to be prepared for when some new viral infection makes it way out of the proverbial woodwork).

Final Thoughts

Our so-called, “New normal,” does not have to be comprised of bad things; they could actually involve everyone making a conscientious effort to:

  • Develop a deeper appreciation for nature.
  • Spend precious time with our senior citizens.
  • Prepare more meals at home.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Remain healthy right throughout the year.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what you have read via the comments section of my blog and thank you for reading.

117 thoughts on “5 Ways The COVID-19 Experience Will Change Our Lives For The Better

        1. 🙂 Well, in all fairness, I mentioned in my blog post that COVID-19 is one of the deadliest viruses that mankind has ever faced; I never claimed that it is the deadliest.

          And, thank you for your valuable contribution, Sadje.

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  1. I always appreciated nature. I stopped taking health for granted very early as I battled with some things in the past.

    But COVID-19 definitely motivated me to cook more often again. 🙂

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  2. “(Some people had no choice but to learn how to cook).”

    That’s shocking! 😮

    How can people NOT know how to cook their own food?

    Didn’t you ppl have any parents, never cooked with your moms? O tempora o mores. That’s dysfunctionality on a whole new level! 😦 Never asked yourself what those expensive looking heavy machines in your kitchens are to be used for?

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    1. You’d be surprised. In my culture, men don’t give a hoot if they don’t know how to cook. It only becomes sacrilegious when it’s a woman who can’t cook. I just think anyone should be able to prepare their own food.

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  3. I think you are right about cooking more at home. We tried take out last night and it was difficult. The restaurants were not prepared for this – between their websites being able to handle it and then once you get there, the wait in the car was another half hour longer then advertised. But we were patient knowing the circumstances.

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  4. While I agree with many of the pointers you’ve raised, I do think to say that it is one of the deadliest at this point in time is a miscalculation. As previously pointed out, HIV/AIDS has killed millions and is still going. I myself worked in the healthcare industry during the 2009 swine flu outbreak and that killed 200k people in little over a year. The Asian flu was only 72 years ago and that killed over a million people and seasonal flu has already taken 145k this year that nobody has noticed. It’s not worse than some and our health centres can’t cope if everybody lets sick, hence social distancing and lockdowns. Appreciating one another, looking after ourselves, cooking and developing skills should be something we all aim to do anyway, regardless of a virus. Life will return to some semblance of normal, we just haven’t quite worked out yet when or what that’s going to be. Stay safe 😊

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  5. I am with you. I think we need to see the positives as well. I am luckily enough to be still working full time, but even getting those extra 3 hours back from not commuting to work have given me more time for things that I like to do, for instance blogging. And some of my friends have told me that as you pointed out, they have learned a new skill.

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  6. Excellent points made, Renard. Perhaps, not as we would have planned, but I feel the virus convinced most people to step back and appreciate family, friends, and nature.

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  7. Thank you for sharing. Skills I’ve developed are:
    Learning how to make unleavened bread ( chapati ). The ingredients are so simple!
    Starting to learn in take a ball of yarn and knitting a prayer shawl
    Learned how to practice patience and be a better listener toward my husband
    Practice kindness with others and to be kind to myself. Not be angry at myself when things are already stressful

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  8. There will always be those who refuse to change. In fact we’re seeing it now. But there are some who will change. Those are the smart ones and hope the majority. It will be interesting to look back at this time a decade from now.

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  9. I like your optimistic view! I really hope this is a wake-up call to the world and we can begin to appreciate living life more than all the busywork that keeps us from enjoying the small things.

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  10. One very important point to also note: This period of pandemic has drawn a lot of people to the Supreme Being and other deities.
    Some people have become more spiritual because they have spent more time in prayer especially, praying for an end to this pandemic and communing with God and other deities.
    There is a possibility that these could continue even after this pandemic.

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  11. Agree with your points. I for one will support local business more by buying local produce. Not only will it reduce my carbon footprint, will mean I’ll eat healthier meals and support my local community! Great blog!

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  12. This was lovely to read and remind ones self that there are in fact a million things (These five included) to be grateful for and realize that this time down has done more good to the human race than before. If only it wasn’t because of a deadly virus and there was some way to make it easier for the lesser fortunate too.

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