Would we ever want to go back to the way things were before Covid 19? That's the question I, and so many other friends are asking. The pandemic is reshuffling life if many unexpected ways. No doubt this virus has caused so much loss of jobs and human life. Having a loved one die without any family contact is distressing and beyond what we could ever imagine. As we listen to the news from friends and learn of so much loss and pain our hearts break. Sympathy goes out to those who have lost so much. But, we are are also witnessing some rather profound positives. Families are spending time together. Old friends that you had not talked to are now zoom buddies for evening cocktail connections. The hype and razzle of celebrities has faded and the true heros are being recognized. Our front line workers such as garbage men, janitors, grocery workers, and health workers are now being appreciated. The environment has rebounded without all the pollution and blue skies have returned to places that several months ago this was only a utopian dream. We are learning that we probably don't need all the junk we buy on a whim that fills the garage and so many storage facilities. We are also learning that we are all in this together. The forced early opening of states is not translating into everyone saying yes and to ignoring science. Many businesses owners and citizens are staying home/closed and are continuing with social isolation despite the politicians decrees. We are a long way from being over this crisis.
Much has changed in this pandemic. It's time we cherish the unparalleled access to the most important things in our lives, family and friends.
The new normal has hit and I hope the positives will last. I hope we can remember to cherish this unprecedented gift of time together when this pandemic ends. If we can incorporate this change into our regular daily lives we will have experienced the true silver lining to a horrible pandemic that is causing so much loss.
Al Heilman MD