March 08 2021
Happy one-year anniversary to the start of all this chaos. A year ago, we all were leading very different lives. Last year, I was just landing back in the U.S. after a short month stint in Colombia, South America. There, COVID-19 was still a distant worry as we watched Europe and the U.S. quickly fall to the disease. No one knew what was happening, but until I stepped off the plane in Florida, it had all seemed far removed. I walked through customs with eyebrows raised as people dressed in full-blown hazmat suits waited in front of me, women pulling bandanas over their children's mouths and telling them not to touch anything. Behind me and child asked if she was going to get sick and die in a hushed voice to her mother, who reassured her they would all take long and thorough showers when they arrived home to be rid of airport germs.
A year ago, offices were still open, bars were serving us past ten p.m., concerts were happening, borders were open, a different president was in office, our faces were maskless, and our purses one-short of alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer.
Even making this small list of all the changes we've undergone since last March feels surprising. If I were to open my purse right now, four masks, a bag of tissues, and three things of hand sanitizer would fall out. Gone are the days of winging it. My purse is the most prepared it's ever been for a germ-emergency.
We've come a long way, though. It took us a year, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Which, until recently, wasn't there. So March doesn't seem so depressing when compared to January 2021. And while I'm ready for many things to go back to normal (looking at you bars, summer concerts, and easing of travel restrictions) there are a few things that I'm kind of liking as is...
As they say, this too shall pass, but once it does, I'm hoping we can keep the good stuff we've managed to create. How about you? Anything you're hoping to keep as we move back towards our old ways and put COVID-19 behind us?