“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to” Dave Hollis
She then asked what do I think will be my new normal after Covid-19? What is worth getting back to? What a question! This really made me think about what I considered as normal life before Covid-19 and what I hold as an important aspect of normal life after Covid-19….what am I learning from while going through this experience? 🤔 🤨
In the past, normal for me was work, home, sometimes some exercise and a hike almost every other weekend. It was fun, I enjoyed my weekends when I went on hikes and I enjoyed weekends that I spent at home relaxing and doing chores and maybe trying to bake a new dish 🥨 🍝 🍜 🍲
My last hike was on March 8th to Cyril Bay, I however, did not bathe in the water that day because I didn’t feel like it and I was going to have another hike the following week so I thought that I will just bathe in that upcoming hike 💧 💦 🏄🏾♀️
But then Corvid 19 happened, my tiny island in the Caribbean Sea, Trinidad and Tobago recorded our first case on March 12th 2020 and that changed everything. Slowly and surely, what was considered normal everyday life, things we take for granted: a random road trip to Maracas Beach on a Wednesday evening, a hike to Turure Waterfall on a Saturday morning, a ride down Chaguaramas on a Sunday all began to slip away. In the space of a couple of weeks, what I considered normal began to change. As of today, I am currently working from home, I have not seen the beach or been on a hike for about a month and from last Sunday night, outdoor exercise was “strongly discouraged.”. This is my new normal.
But what have I learnt from this new normal? When, hopefully sooner rather than later, things begin to change and the world gets a handle on this pandemic, people get better, the death rate and infection rate begins to fall, what lessons will I carry forward, what I have learnt 🤷🏻♂️ 🙎🏻:
1) Family and close friends are to be cherished: I miss my family so much 👨👩👧👧 👩👧👦 👫, each and every character. I want to be around them, to hug them and laugh with them. I am truly grateful for technology and that we could stay connected with our close friends and family via whatsapp (big up all my cousins in our Cuzzies whatsapp group and my friends in the Hikers United whatsapp group) or skype or Duo, it is refreshing to be able to see and talk to family. My mother hates video calls but I like to see her face so I video call her ALL THE TIME! LOL. One thing I am going to change is that I am going to go to more events, I remember earlier in March my cousin Adrienne had a birthday lime and I didn’t go….do you think I will miss something like that in the future? No I will not! I will show up even if I have a million things to do, I will pass for a few minutes because it is important! Family first 💕 😎 😍
2) Be Grateful for what you have: Who knew that on March 8th will be my last hike for I don’t even know how long? Who knew on 18th March will be the last time I got to ride down Chaguramas for the foreseeable future? Will I have jumped into the water in Cyril Bay if I knew that I wouldn’t be visiting a beach or waterfall for some time? HELL YES. I would have swam in that water and jumped off the side and had a ball. I wish I had. Lesson learnt! Enjoy every moment! 😉 😊
3) Try something new, take that chance, who knows when you may have that opportunity again if ever. In the past, I have often times been a little shy to try something new. How many opportunities have you passed up because it put you in unfamiliar territory? How many times have you said no to something you wanted to do because you didn’t want to make time for it or you were too busy doing other stuff? I think after this virus has come and gone, we will all learn to grasp these opportunities as they come because you never know what the future holds 🙂
4) Be kind to people: The real backbone of the country turns out to be the police force, the army, the healthcare workers, security officers, pharmacy workers. garbage collectors, cleaners, the grocery store attendants, the bankers and the cab drivers 👮♂️ 👷♀️ 👩⚕️ 👨⚕️ 👩🌾 👨🌾 👩🍳 👨🍳. These people are essential, they hold us down, without them we really cannot function as a society, so be kind to them, everyday, appreciate what they do because at the end of the day they are the glue that keep the society together. 🚖 🚡
5) Money can’t buy life. This virus has become a great equalizer, it has infected the man on the street, the Prince of Wales, famous Hollywood actors and actresses, the market vendor, it does not care who you are, where you work, how much money or status you have, what is the colour of your skin…..we are all equal in its eyes and we could end up side by side in a hospital bed, you with your 1 million dollar bank account and me with my $500 🏛 💷 💰 💳 Money can’t buy life, it is humbling but it is true. Maybe this will teach us all that we are all equal and we should treat each other with respect because at the end of the day, all of us can end up in the same hospital room suffering from the same virus 💵 💴 💶
6) Work hard at your career but remember your career can’t give you a hug and a kiss when you are feeling down or scared. Doing your job well is important, working hard and persevering in your chosen profession I think is important 👨🏼💻 👩🏼💼 👨🏼💼 Why do something half way? But at the end of the day, is your career more important than you family? How many persons are scared and sitting at home in their million dollar home with no-one to call or speak too except maybe their secretary. One thing this virus has taught me too, is the importance of family over career. It is family you need and want when times get tough, it is them you turn to in good times and in bad so remember to appreciate them and maintain those relationships….that email that seemed so urgent can wait a few minutes, answer that call from your sister instead! 👨👩👧👦
Tune for the day: Koffee – Gratitude
Thanks for reading. What is your new normal? What is worth getting back to after this pandemic is over? PS. I do not know when this will end either, but I do hope and pray that the world will overcome this soon.