Are we ready for what’s next?
After two years, it seems that our days of dealing with lockdowns, masks, and vaccination passports are finally reaching an end.
As celebration-worthy as this is, it’s hard not to feel apprehensive. After all, we’ve seen restrictions lifted and reinstituted more times that we can count! It’s also hard not to be cynical and think politicians are making these decisions mainly to improve their chances at re-election. Many medical professionals have stated that it’s too early and that they’ll continue wearing masks in public for the next few months. I suspect others will do the same.
At the same time, transitioning to a new way of living won’t be without its challenges. It’s not as though we’re just going back to the way things were before.
Out of necessity, many of us changed the way we work, shop, and engage in other personal and professional activities. Quite a few people discovered that they like things better now and have permanently transitioned to a virtual business.
Others have realized they don’t miss certain social activities and don’t intend to resume them. I think the pandemic has helped us figure out what’s really important to us. Hazel Thornton discussed this last spring in her post, The door’s open. Where should I go?
When things started opening up late last year, I found it challenging to resume social activities, in more ways than one.
As an introvert, it was overwhelming to be around people after spending so much time at home. It was unsettling to be at indoor gatherings where masks weren’t required. It was also exhausting to fit in these “new” activities due to the many ways I found to fill my schedule during the pandemic.
I think I’m ready though, and am entering this next phase with cautious optimism.
One thing’s for sure: we’ve had lots of practice adapting to change over the past two years! Hopefully, that experience will serve us well in the coming months, no matter what happens.
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