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
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).
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.