It’s very dismissive to say that there are ‘silver linings’ to Covid-19 and its associated terrible news, societal chaos, and the tragedy of families being broken apart. We’re not going to do that. However, what we can say is that something of this magnitude can be learned from, even if we weren’t responsible for it. For instance, perhaps the primary lesson we have all learned is not to take things for granted. Many of us know that life is unpredictable, but it’s when events so widespread and intensive as this take place that we truly begin to appreciate that fact.
However, there are also many small lessons we can learn from it too, lessons that can help us live better, more informed, more grateful lives. While the pandemic isn’t over yet, some of these lessons can be learned now, and applied to our daily habits in a manner that makes real sense, and may offer real benefits.
Without wanting to dive into too much preamble – let’s consider what those lessons might be, and how they make a difference:
Check Your Sources
Check your sources when looking up information. From ‘scientific’ memes or advice floating around websites like Facebook, to people overexagerating certain elements of the virus (explicit doomsday scenarios were heavily being passed around Reddit before people truly knew the extent of the virus), it can be important to not just take things on good faith and instead check up on the resources you are being shown. This can help you always follow the science, and it will help you avoid moving into terrible conspiracy theories, which are unfortunately all too present in today’s world.
Prepare For The Future
If nothing else, the pandemic has taught us to prepare for the future. For instance, being able to visit our families when we need to, or setting up communication links with them, even if that means giving your grandparent a smartphone they can use one simple online communicative app with. It might be that as a leader of a small business, you now have the chance to fully integrate remote work options in your workflow, helping your staff stay at home when necessary. If nothing else, it’s helped us realize that we need to prepare, even when it feels like we’re preparing for the unexpected.
Be Vocal About Change
Many people have been talking about the political implications of this pandemic, and just what it says about healthcare, our governmental systems, and how money is invested. We’re not here to tell you what political convictions you should have (or if you should have them). What we can say is that if you’ve noticed either good or bad things that you wish to express your opinion on, express it. The stakes have never been higher, and like never before we have had the real understanding of how different national strategies contributed to or against Covid protections. It might even be that you make health maintenance and care a professional, by getting into health coaching. Being vocal about change is how we improve for next time.
With this advice, we hope we can all learn the lessons we need to from this pandemic.