Over a year ago Covid crossed our shores and with it brought lockdowns and unknown. Wearing masks was something very few of us were used to, the word unprecedented wasn’t in our daily vocab and we were travelling the world and country not worried about border closures. Now these things are considered normal. People also started working from home, universities switched all their courses to online and parents had to get used to the idea of remote learning with their kids. Trips were rescheduled again and again; people were stuck in their homes and the communities that they had taken for granted were taken away. We learnt how to video chat and how to show people we cared from a distance. Our lives and world were turned upside down.
Covid has changed our lives and while I wish I could say I hate Covid I honestly don’t. Because of Covid the world has been healing, less flights and transportation means that greenhouse emissions are lower than they have been in years, endangered species are returning, and people are realising what is important. Many people have been getting treatment for their mental health, switching jobs, taking the leap to do what they really want to do and finding new hobbies. Families have gotten closer, and relationships gotten stronger. Both the world and us have been healing.
For many people Covid has given them the opportunity to explore their own backyards, plan trips within their states and discover new things that were right on their doorstep. Finally getting around and visiting places they had only heard about yet were easily accessible.
For other people Covid allowed them to turn hobbies into businesses because if you have to be working from home you might as well be doing something you love.
Covid has also meant that people can’t hide from their mental health and have finally had to face the reality of getting help. When their daily lives were turned upside down taking with it many of their subconscious coping strategies, people were left with the reality that they weren’t ok and needed help. This has meant that mental health is becoming something more spoken about because so many people are struggling and this is reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.
It's hard for me to think about what my life would be like if it wasn’t for Covid, because Covid has brought me so many awesome opportunities. Bart and I never would have met, and I wouldn’t have this amazing job. I have developed closer friendships with people, learnt new skills and been able to focus on myself. While Covid has been hard, the positives seem to outweigh the negatives at least for me.
Don’t get me wrong Covid has separated families, caused financial distress and had a general negative impact for many. But it has also brought so many positives, you just have to know where to look. As many of us face lockdowns due to Covid flare ups it’s good to remember that this is temporary and that we will come out of this stronger than ever before and with that comes many positives.
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