It was one year ago this month that coronavirus took over the world and changed life as we know it. Of course, the virus had been spreading for several months prior, but it was on March 11, 2020 that the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. That same day, two Utah Jazz players tested positive for the virus and the NBA abruptly suspended their season. Then the dominoes really began to fall: libraries in Utah closed overnight; our governor put all public schools on a two-week 'soft closure' that ended up lasting for the rest of the school year; church services were suspended; 'non-essential' businesses closed; countries around the world went on lockdown; the Tokyo Summer Games were postponed until 2021. Even the Scripps National Spelling Bee was cancelled.
Talk about March madness!
As pandemic life became our new reality, I started sewing masks for me and my family and we all hunkered down in our homes. Trips to the grocery store became stressful games of grocery roulette--what will, or won't, be on the shelves this week? Eggs, but no bread. Yogurt or yeast? Go fish! And, as I'm sure you all remember, toilet paper got very scarce. (Although I'm still not quite sure why.) And suddenly the majority of life moved online.
I'm sure you have as many vivid memories of everything that happened last March as I do. I just wish I had an equal number of insightful life lessons that I've learned from living through a pandemic. But I don't. Unless you count these:
- Reading about a worldwide pandemic is much more fun that living through one!
- Stay positive--nothing bad lasts forever. (It just feels like it does.)
- Forget yourself and do something for someone else. A little kindness goes a long way.
- Gratitude is key!
- And always have an extra pack of toilet paper on hand just in case.
What life lessons have you learned from living through a global pandemic this past year?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!