There are many things upsetting about the Coronavirus Pandemic and the implications for our society. We can dwell on these and become despondent that life will never be as it was. Why? What is wrong with things changing? For people who have lost loved ones to this frightening disease then this is a horrible time. It is all so sudden and tragic. The numbers of deaths and infections worldwide rose so quickly it is hard to fathom. Also, for people who have lost their jobs this is a difficult time.
For most of us though, the only difficult thing is to be in lockdown. Here in Australia we are lucky enough to have a good health system and it has not been overwhelmed. Our leaders acted quickly in halting the spread and we are seeing a flattening of the curve.
So, I for one choose to be grateful in this difficult, uncertain time. Here are five things I think we should all be grateful for, things that will change our lives for the better because of this Pandemic.
1. Slowing Down Being in lockdown has forced us all to slow down. We have to learn to stay at home and be with our immediate family. This can be challenging, especially if you live alone and don't have a loved one to interact with. However, slowing down is not necessarily a bad thing. We can look after ourselves by exercising, walking the dog and do the odd jobs we've been putting off for so long. Catch up on your reading. How often did you sit down with a good book before this crisis? How about doing puzzles or playing trivia games? Start a new hobby, maybe learn another language, gardening or knitting? The important thing this lockdown is doing is helping us to take stock of our hectic lives and being more in the moment.
2.Saving Money We're at home more so we are driving less. This means we don't need to buy petrol as often. There is also less wear and tear on our cars. I have not filled my car for three weeks, leaving me a few dollars to save. Also, we're not going out for lunches, dinners and events, so there are savings here to. This is the benefit of staying at home even though the economy suffers. However, with the money we're saving now, we can spend it again once lockdown is over.
3.Fresh Air With less emissions due to less cars on the road, travel restrictions meaning no aeroplanes and generally less energy being used, our environment is thanking us. We are being rewarded with cleaner air and bright clear skies. This makes it all the more pleasant to exercise and walk. Emissions will rise again after lockdown, but if we are mindful we can still travel less and use our cars less to keep our air clear. Do we really want our pollution levels to go up again?
During lockdown you can take your dog for a walk every day.
4. Social Media and Technology Imagine being in lockdown and not being able to see the loved ones you don't live with? Sure, we could phone them, but going months without seeing their faces would be challenging. With technology this lockdown is not as painful, we can keep in touch with video chats. We can use social media to keep in contact and share funny posts. We can watch creative people doing silly things on YouTube, entertaining us so we forget about the Pandemic for a moment.
5. Tolerant of Others
We are learning every day from this crisis. Learning to be tolerant, to be patient and to care for other people. Many of our essential workers do this as routine and we have them to thank in keeping us safe. Some people have shown their disgusting sides, such as the toilet paper wars and the spitting incidents, but on the whole, people are being kinder to others. It is my hope that this will continue when the lockdown is over. I know I will attempt to be more tolerant because kindness and caring go a long way in making our world a better place.
These are my five reasons why we should be grateful and what we should learn from this tough time. What are you grateful for and will keep doing when this CoronaCrisis is all over?
Stay safe and well, breathe in the fresh air and be patient. This crisis will not go on forever.