Last Thursday, March 11th was an anniversary of sorts. On that day one year ago the World Health Organization declared that we were in a pandemic. It seemed so strange at first because for many of us the problems with Covid were “somewhere far away”. Well, that didn’t last long. I remember checking a map online that illustrated the growth and spread of Covid across the world. That quickly changing map combined with the constant news reports made us realize it was soon to be almost everywhere. Then we had the sudden rush for food and supplies followed by many empty shelves in the stores and it truly felt like we were living in a science fiction movie. Even today, a year later, when I go out and see everyone in masks it just doesn’t seem real.
We have been living a chapter in history that our ancestors will read about in the future. There have certainly been pandemics before but nothing like this in my lifetime. Fortunately, history is being made in another way that will hopefully lead us out of this pandemic. Vaccines have never been developed as quickly as the ones we have now and after just a few months we are seeing a difference already. We now have hope that we are really coming out of this. Not only is Spring coming, but also hopefully, a gradual return to a more normal life.
Many people have said that the past year has changed them in both positive and negative ways. I know I don’t feel the same as I did a year ago. I’ve been far less active and as a result do not feel as physically fit. The lack of contact with other people has also left its mark on me, as I’m sure it has for others as well. On the positive side, I’ve learned to appreciate so many things in life that I took for granted before the pandemic. I hope that lesson will stay with me. Has the past year changed you, and if so how?
|Spring is on the way and a more normal life is getting closer.|