What Covid-19 has taught me

When this first happened, I honestly thought it was only going to last a couple of weeks. I remember being at work on March 15th or so, and the store was almost empty. At that point the state wasn’t shut down and people were able to go about the regular lives. I told my co-worker that I didn’t think Coronavirus was going to be that big of a deal. *Disclaimer: This thought came before I knew the severity of the disease and the impact it had on other countries.* I went on to say that even if the store closed, it wouldn’t be for that long.

Boy was I WRONG!

In that moment, I didn’t know that just a few days later the whole world would shut down and life as we once knew it would be over.

Fastforward to now about four months later, my life has drastically changed. First off I’m still out of work. My store was closed for about two and a half months and since its re-opened I haven’t been called back. The second thing that has changed is my future plans have been put on hold. When I first graduated from college, my plan was to move back home for two years. In those two years I had planned on getting a full-time job (preferably within my degree field), I also was going to save up a whole lot of money. Now thanks to Coronavirus that two year plan is now on hold until future notice.

While Coronavirus has turned my life upside-down, this has been a huge learning experience for me. Being stuck at home day in and day out, I learned how important it is to have a daily routine. Prior to Coronavirus unless I was going to work, I woke up and went to bed whatever time I wanted. I quickly realized that in order to make the most of my time at home I needed to make a set schedule so I could actually get things done. Now my activities for the day may vary, but I thankfully have a morning and nightime routine.

Another thing that I learned that maintaining a social life is hard when you have nowhere to go. Over the past months, FaceTime and iMessage have been my lifeline. It has been really hard not being able to see my best friend and other close friends that I have in the area. While I didn’t have the busiest social life prior to COVID-19, my social life is now non-existent. With social media and especially FaceTime I am able to talk to my friends and attempt to maintain some normalcy in my relationships.

I can admit that prior to Coronavirus I wasn’t the most social person. In my defense, I had a social personality, I just didn’t always have the opportunity to socialize with others. After I turned 23 in January I expected my life to get a lot more fun. 2020 was supposed to be my year to meet knew people, start a new career and maybe even do some dating. Coronavirus threw a wrench in ALL of my initial 2020 plans. The career plan is still in the works though. In the time that I’ve been out of work I have been researching and looking for jobs and I’ve even applied to a few. Every other plan that I had for 2020 is about of the window. So for now I will just stick with the friends I have and put dating on hold for a bit.

One of the biggest things that Coronavirus has taught me is the importance of family. I have always lived with my mom, nana and little brother. In the time that we have been stuck together I realize how lucky I am to have the family that I do. I believe that I came to that conclusion after hearing so many heartbreaking stories about people who lost multiple family members to Coronavirus. I may get sick of my nana constantly reminding me to make phone calls and take out the trash and i may even get tired of helping my mom with all of her technology issues, but I wouldn’t change them for the world. I wouldn’t know what I would do without them. I definitly feel that way about my little brother. Having an eighteen year age difference is sometimes hard to manage. He annoys me 24/7, but if it wasn’t for him annoying me 24/7 I would probably be even more bored than I already am.

Family, health and a safe life. That’s what is important. Coronavirus has changed a lot of things in my life. But it has definitely made me thankful for what I have.

Stay tuned, for better things have yet to be written. CG

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