Aside from all of the negatives and pain that this virus is causing, oddly enough, I am actually grateful for some of the lessons I learned from Coronavirus.
While the virus itself is horrible, and while I also realize that I am incredibly fortunate that I haven’t had to directly deal with many of the negatives associated with the virus, I am grateful for what the Coronavirus has taught me about life and how it has shaped my life thus far.
Okay, I realize that this still doesn’t sound good so let me just get into it and show you want I mean.
The Coronavirus forced me out of my comfort zone.
I was/am a person who loves routine. Any time I am forced to break out of a routine, I tend to struggle a bit.
With the Coronavirus, it hit so fast that a lot of individuals were forced to start working remotely overnight.
At first, I hated the idea of working remotely. I was going to be forced to adapt to a new routine, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to stay productive while working from home, and I felt as though I needed that “office setting” in order to really thrive.
It’s strange for someone who has always had a dream of being able to travel the world and work remotely, but these were fears that I felt.
When Coronavirus struck, I simply didn’t have a choice. If I wanted to keep my job, working remotely was the only option.
I am grateful for this because it forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me prove to myself that I can be productive while working from home. In fact, I am probably more productive at home than I am at the office. Had I not been forced to start working remotely, I fear I never would have taken the chance on myself to find out what the remote life is all about.
This whole pandemic showed me that I can work remotely and that working remotely is something I truly want to be doing permanently. That’s something I am grateful for.
The Coronavirus brought me closer with my parents.
Again, this has to do with routines and staying comfortable.
My parents moved halfway across the country last year. I have always been close with my parents, but with having full-time jobs, being able to see each other and spend time together has been rare.
As the pandemic started, my parents had the idea of me going to Utah and spending my quarantine there while working remote.
At first, I struggled with the idea because of the fact that I would be forced to break out of another routine, and because there was simply so much uncertainty up in the air. But after some thought and planning, I decided to listen to them and go out to Utah for what I thought was going to be a few weeks.
Well, more than two months later, I am still here and I am loving it!
While I am sure my parents are probably sick of me by now, in a way, the Coronavirus pandemic gave me the opportunity to reconnect with my parents and spend quality time with them. That is something I am beyond grateful for.
It also helped me to realize that not having a plan can sometimes be the best plan. I love routines, but sometimes I get so caught up in my routines that I block out anything that doesn’t fit.
Hey, I’m a work in progress.
The Coronavirus made me realize how blessed I am in life.
There are currently 33 million Americans who have filed for unemployment as a result of the Coronavirus, 1.3 million Americans who are confirmed to have contracted the Coronavirus, and another 78,000 Americans who have lost their lives due to the Coronavirus.
These numbers are just in the US alone. Worldwide, the number is nearly tripled.
Here I am, a 26-year-old millennial (not GenX, please don’t get us confused) who not only has a job, but who also works for a company who has confirmed they will not be laying off any employees. Here I am, a 26-year-old millennial who is healthy and has not had to suffer from any physical illness during this pandemic. And here I am, a 26-year-old millennial who has not had to personally deal with any related Coronavirus death. I am fucking blessed.
This whole pandemic has made me realize just how much I used to take for granted. My health, my job, financial security, my friends, the opportunities I have, and most importantly, the health of my family. These are all things that we often overlook until they are nearly taken away from us. During these uncertain times, I have realized just how blessed I am that my life hasn’t drastically changed as a result of the pandemic.
Before You Go
Nobody knows what’s coming next. Maybe it’s a few more months of living in quarantine, or maybe it’s a few more years.
The point is, it doesn’t make any sense to worry about factors in which we can’t control. There is so much uncertainty, and right now, the only thing we can do is hope and pray for the best-case scenario.
One of the best things you can do right now is to look at your life and find something to be grateful for. While this pandemic has impacted everybody differently, the only way to bring more positivity into your life during these uncertain times is to focus on it. So do yourself a favor and find something to be grateful for, even in the midst of this pandemic.