The pandemic: How to find the silver lining

It’s hard to believe that Covid-19 has been part of our lives for for over a year now and there is no doubt about it that the pandemic has changed life as we know it.  I think we’ve all very much been through the motions and ups and downs of adjusting the lives that we now lead compared to the lifestyles that we used to have.

As I’m a nurse, I’ve been working the whole time throughout Covid. Apart from a couple of quiet weeks at the beginning of the very first lockdown in March 2020, my department has been busier than ever. For that reason it does make me cross when many GP surgeries across the country decided to close their surgeries and much of their services, when none of that was necessary at all. For a large majority of frontline healthcare workers, closing their doors was simply never an option.  Regular covid testing has been part of my workplace for some time now and we’ll soon be moving from standard tests that go to the laboratory to lateral flow tests to do at home, but more regularly.

As life is beginning to change for the better with restrictions easing, it’s still a funny old time to navigate after having our lives put on hold for so long, but has there been a silver lining? There is always good to come from bad and despite how difficult the past year as been, there are some positives to come out of lockdowns:

We’ve seen much more of our kids

It’s been a tough one to tackle but the past year has seen us spend far more time with our children than any other parents (of school going children) have ever done before. There have been trials and tribulations with home schooling and having kids around 24/7, but it’s precious time that generations before us didn’t have.

I’ve seen my children develop and grow (even with my limited teaching skills) and become resilient to their change in circumstances. Each child has blossomed in their own way and my eldest in particular has been able to discipline himself with the management of his school work, as well as taking on the responsibility of taking covid tests twice a week too.

People can be productive working from home

It didn’t apply to us as my husband already works from home but the landscape has been changed because of the need for people to adapt and work from home. The fact that many workplaces are still not back to normal, proves that employees have been able to carry out their duties remotely and perhaps more efficiently. No one is saying that working from home is easy and especially so when juggling childcare/home schooling too but it’s forever changed the perception that workers need to be based in an office to complete their work.

We’ve learnt to appreciate life in a different way

There is no doubt about it that the pandemic has made us all look at our lives in a different way. Whereas once we all had plans and perhaps holidays booked, our outlook is still very much uncertain. For that reason it’s made us reflect on our lives and make the most of what we have around us. Nothing is guaranteed in life and the past year has proven that life can change in the blink of an eye.

Nb. Collaborative post.