It’s hard to believe that COVID, or the coronavirus, entered our lexicon a year ago in January. Since then, the world and the way we live have changed inexorably—and in many ways for the better. Here are 20 of the biggest lessons we’ve learned while dealing with the pandemic.
Being forced to slow down isn’t a bad thing
Sometimes the greater good is more important than personal comfort
Paradigms can be shifted
Paradigms can be shifted As people turned to the news for updates on the coronavirus, it became more apparent than ever that systemic racism is an issue that has no place in the 21st century. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, in particular, sent shockwaves around the world and sparked protests in support of Black Lives Matter.
Social interactions matter
Everyone needs more mental health supports
Technology is essential
We can work from home
Parents need support
We have to put the brakes on gender inequality
Teachers deserve to be paid more
Economic inequality is pervasive
Kids should be the priority
We are stronger than we think
Never take anything for granted
An old dog can be taught new tricks
Social media isn’t as bad as some may think
Getting outside is more important than ever
Getting outside is more important than ever Being cooped up in the house has left us yearning for outdoor time in a way we never have before. Streets are full of pedestrians and joggers, cities have created new bike lanes for cycling enthusiasts, and hills are full of families skiing or tobogganing. Getting outside is something that has boosted everyone’s spirits.
Self-care is key
Local businesses need our support
Our front-line workers are superheroes
Without doctors, paramedics, grocery store clerks, taxi and bus drivers, and a whole host of other professions, COVID could have been a lot worse. People put their lives on the line to make the well-being of others a priority. These individuals deserve our praise and support now and beyond the end of the pandemic.