Something I’ve reflected on throughout the last few months, but especially of late, is how we underappreciated the little things in life before this virus took over and completely changed things. Yes, there has been some good to come out of the changes and upheaval, but as I’ve said before many of the changes are things that I hope we’re able to change back, like being able to visit with out-of-state friends and family without being concerned and wearing a mask, and being able to do TV interviews in person. I think we’ve done remarkably well with what we have, but the past few months have definitely revealed that our technology isn’t quite at the point where it is totally seamless and there aren’t dropped calls/videos, and it’s totally beside the point that we need physical human connection, not just virtual.
Which is part of the point, but not what I’ve been really reflecting on this week. What I’ve been reflecting on is how ordinary and normal things that we saw as normal and very typical were not as appreciated or understood for how special they are. I know, it doesn’t really seem special to be able to hug someone or go out for a meal as a group or attend a sporting event, but compared to our experiences the past few months, they are. It didn’t seem special that multiple people were able to be in a room together on TV, but it was. It didn’t seem special to run any of our errands or see a doctor for routine stuff, but now it does.
I appreciate that we’ve really increased our consideration of others, but am struggling with the different connection that we’ve had to have the past few months. We’re still connected, but it’s not in the vibrant, physical, carefree way that it used to be. The sacrifices that we’ve had to make have been very painful for some of us, and many have lost one or more family members. For many of us our way of life has been forever damaged. We may be able to return to some of our previous activities, but will we ever lose the scars this year has created?
I hope that our will to live and community-mindedness will help us through and help us become stronger than we were before, but I don’t know how long it will be before we throw much caution into the wind and experience the freedom that we’re just realizing we had in the past. Time will tell, but until then this is an opportunity to work on our communication and community building skills and hopefully we’ll be able to come up with new ways to be a blessing and encouragement to others while our world is so very different.