I’ve been thinking a lot about changes. In nearly the blink of an eye, our lives have completely changed. We are working and schooling at home. We are cooking, cleaning and doing our own yard work instead of hiring it out. We have resorted to cutting our own hair. Frivolous spending has drastically dropped off. We are faced with shortages at stores either due to demand or due to genuine shortages in the food delivery systems. Up until March, the only people you saw taking a walk in the middle of the day were fitness nuts and old people. It all happened so quickly yet right now things aren’t too different from the life of our grandparents and great grandparents lived.
Less than 100 years ago no one used to work out. We got our workouts from walking places instead of driving. Our work consisted of more manual/physical labor and less sitting around. Our food availability was not as streamlined and interconnect as it is now – much to our detriment in this pandemic. People were skinnier. If your garden or farm didn’t grow, you didn’t eat. If you were out of a job you didn’t eat. There was no government welfare system. There were soup kitchens and poor houses but no one was getting three square meals a day. It was just enough to keep you from starving. We didn’t see a therapist or talk about our feelings. We didn’t have as many diagnoses. People just died. We didn’t have less cancer or less autism we just didn’t diagnose. Well, John just up and died yesterday he’d been looking bad for 3 months oh well. Pets lived outside and ate scraps. Now there are people on the internet asking about daycare and enrichment programs for their pets. True story, I saw a lady asking about enrichment programs for her corgi on our neighborhood Facebook group right before this pandemic hit. Are you freakin’ kidding me? There are still children out there with crack head mommas that can’t bother to feed them and yet some bougie ass lady is worried about her dog.
Now that we’ve pretty much been stripped of everything non-essential and for God only knows how long, I wonder what we will keep and what we will let fade away when this pandemic is but a horrible memory. Will more schools be held online? What about work? We’ve proven that so much can be done at home. What about the people everyone used to ignore – the grocery store and warehouse workers – the ones keeping the wheels turning right now. Will they get paid more and be shown a little more appreciation? Now that folks see that life does exist outside of being busy all the time will they slow down? Or, will we be forced to slow down because of economic restrictions? With so many people laid off will life change because no one can afford to do anything? It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Personally, I wish I had a crystal ball. All of the uncertainty is making me anxious. I’ve realized it’s not the change that bothers me. It’s the fear of the unknown. Will the change be a good change? A tolerable change? Or, will the change be something we have to grit our teeth and slug through to get to the good outcome?
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