This COVID-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to slow down and reflect on our own priorities. I know Iâ€™ve been much more reflective and there are some aspects of pandemic life that Iâ€™m actually enjoying. We eat at home more, weâ€™re spending more time together, I cherish family time, and Iâ€™ve been in more consistent contact with my family back East.
This readjustment of life has also given me a better perspective of life in Chicago. Is The Windy City as appealing when everything is closed down? Are summers as memorable when thereâ€™s no street fairs, no block parties, or no rides on a boat on the Lake?
Life is what you make of it.
Iâ€™m not willing to risk my health or the health of my family just to sit in a corner pub to eat some grub and have some drinks. I value my life, and the life of those I love, more than that. Yes, I would be happy if my husband would finally get a haircut, but I donâ€™t want him to contract Coronavirus just to have shorter hair. Weâ€™ll get through and maybe one of these days heâ€™ll actually let me near his head with my Oster 76 clippers.
I donâ€™t like seeing my airline pilots friend out of work. It breaks my heart. But I have to admit Iâ€™m not sad about less pollution in the air. Does everyone need to fly everywhere? Itâ€™s nice to travel to far off places but in most cases itâ€™s not necessary.
Maybe if we start seeing this pandemic as an opportunity to slow down and take stock of our priorities weâ€™ll find some good and learn something along the way.
I know this experience has changed me. If anything, I hope itâ€™s made me a better person.