Will anything good come out of the era of COVID-19?

Will anything good come out of the era of COVID-19?

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…I think so, maybe. Of course on the whole this situation is very bad- I definitely don’t want to sound like I’m making light of the fact that thousands of people are dying because that’s obviously horrible, and everyone is clearly feeling the effects of this even if you and everyone you know are healthy as people are losing their jobs, businesses are failing, and the mental toll is a lot for everyone even if you’re physically feeling okay. Maybe this is my newfound interest in mindfulness talking, or maybe I’m just reaching a new level of delirium as it’s now Day 70 of quarantine, but I’m starting to feel at least a little hopeful that we’re going to get some long term good out of this even if the current state of things is basically as dark as it can get.

The environment is doing great, so that’s something? Occasionally (though not often enough if you ask me) the news will take a break from their usual doom and gloom and talk about how some great change has happened in the environment due to everyone staying home. Of course, once people start going out more I’m sure at least some of those changes will reverse, but maybe more people will continue working from home or people will come out of this with some newfound sense of responsibility when it comes to sustainable tourism and whatnot and maybe we’ll still get some sort of environmental good out of all this. On the whole I think it’s made people slightly more aware of how they impact the environment (but at the same time, they’re leaving masks and gloves all over grocery store parking lots, so what do I know?)

I’m sure more employers will use this time to realize that many jobs can be done from home, and I know lots of people are excited by that prospect but I’m actually probably more cautious than most here. As someone who has tried to freelance full time in the past (and will likely try again in the future) I think there is a fine line between people offering fair work and people taking advantage of independent contractors, and part of me is worried that more opportunities to work from home will mean more opportunities for employees to lose benefits and whatnot if employers decide to start treating them more like contractors. On the flipside though, if all goes well there I think working from home (even if it’s not all the time) really helps with having a solid work/life balance, and with the mental anguish this whole thing is putting us through that kind of mindset is definitely appealing. That being said, I’ve been mostly working from home for the past two months (and because I’m living at my parents’ temporarily…) I HATE IT. If I had my own place and had more control over the noise level or obviously if I had a home office it’d be fine, but this is not what I meant when I’ve said I wanted to work from home in the past.

I’m hoping rona will get rid of some of our focus on technology. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m done with zoom. I’ll be fine with it in the future I’m sure when it’s not our only means of communication with each other but for now I am SO. DONE. In the beginning of this, I was all for hopping on Google Hangouts or zoom and talking to friends, but now since it’s been the only way we really communicate for work and I’ve been doing all kinds of webinars combined with talking to friends, I’m just having some major screen fatigue. There are days where I don’t even want to turn on Netflix because I’m so tired of looking at a screen, and the best day I’ve had during the entirety of this crisis so far was the last hike I went on, which was probably the only time I went an entire day without screentime.

I think that’s really all I can think of to be honest. I’m not really sure what the point of this post even was, I guess just to force myself to acknowledge some positives in an otherwise dumpster fire of a situation. 2020 has really been the worst, and I think when this whole year is over it won’t be too soon, but until then I guess we just keep looking for the positives?


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