A Lesson From 2020

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

You can never tell when you're going to run out of time.

A Lesson From 2020.

 

I think the most important lesson that I learned during 2020 is that you never know when things will change.

I cannot imagine that anyone foresaw the way that Covid19 would spread its way around the world and become a global pandemic. Even when it was clear that that was what was happening, I think most people believed that it would be under control by the summer. How wrong that assumption has proved to be.

Lock-downs have caused isolation, and many businesses simply have not been able to keep going. And then there have been so many deaths – each one causing personal loss in those left behind to grieve. Covid19 does not distinguish between whether one is rich or poor, famous or homeless, but I suspect that the health care that is then available does.

It has had very little direct effect on my life as I only go out to get groceries anyway. Extra hand-washing, masks whenever out, and that’s about it from a practical point of view. It is more a shift of perspective, a bit like I went through when we were involved in a head-on collision, only this time it was a collective shift rather than a personal one.

No matter how predictable life can seem, that can change in an instant. So the real lesson is to take advantage of time. Don’t put things off and put them off if they are important for that future time can be snatched away in a moment.

Another thing I have learned from this is that there has to be a limit to the worrying. Other than following the rules, we have all been pretty much powerless in determining our virus exposure. It was so scary at the start, but the apprehension had to be pushed back a bit or it would have become incapacitating. So I take it seriously, but I no longer dwell on the threat.

 


Submitted: February 07, 2021

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Mike S.

A lesson I'm still dealing with; spot on and excellent, Hull

Sun, February 7th, 2021 7:34pm

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I understand, Mike. It's something so many people just ignore until it is too late.

Fri, February 12th, 2021 9:30am

moa rider

The Spanish flu passed through here fairly quickly so I assumed it would be the same with Covid - wrong. We've been incredibly lucky here with isolation and a small population, helped by fairly draconian measures that worked, so we are living as normal - missed out on seeing family in the UK but that's a small price. Greet each day and be thankful Mama Hullabaloo, because you're so right, it can all end rather qickly. Usianguke

Sun, February 7th, 2021 8:39pm

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It sure can. Thanks so much for reading, Moa.

Fri, February 12th, 2021 9:29am

JE Falcon aka JEF

Well said.

Sun, February 7th, 2021 10:25pm

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Thanks, JE!

Fri, February 12th, 2021 9:27am

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