The past few weeks have been an awakening for all of us. A glimpse into our own vulnerability in the face of a virus that cuts across age, culture, region, class, and country. It’s a crisis for humanity and one of the first times we have faced a global challenge as humans.
As we all practice social distancing and reduce both our exposure as well as the risk of exposing others, we have discovered a new normal. Some of us find ourselves immersed in our families even more than before, some are dealing with the loneliness of being being physically isolated from a circle of friends who enjoyed being out and enjoying crowds. Many people are experiencing this time while struggling with the economic aspects of our shutdown.
For example, I usually drive to the office several days a week. Working from home full time, eliminates 3.5 hours of commuting. Combining several trips a week to the grocery store, now has become 1 very focused trip per week. Reduction in the time for extra-curricular activities at school, pick-ups and drop-offs, school concerts and events, even Friday happy hour with friends, means more time at home. Wherever that home might be.
What will you do with yours? Call your parents every other day? Take an online class? Finish that work project? Paint a room? Call the neighbor next door to see if they need anything. Shoot hoops? The choice of what to do with time is up to you. We can all come through this experience feeling that we did not use the time wisely, or we can feel like we accomplished something.
I would also ask that everyone recognize those that are financially disadvantaged by this event. Strict adherence to social distancing will reduce the amount of time that the closures are in effect. We need to come out of the other side of the infection spread so that we can remove restrictions and reopen the economy.
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