Over the last six months, we have seen drastic changes to the way we live and operate.
What was imagined as previously impossible has all of a sudden became the “new normal”.
On an hourly and daily basis we saw and heard grim updates on the most recent data.
Many lost loved ones far sooner than they should have while others are still recuperating.
A new definition of hero emerged in the daily struggle to keep our necessary needs available and truck drivers and grocery store personnel were now considered “essential workers”.
- Companies converted production to essential supplies and equipment
- Doctors and medical professionals find themselves on the front lines
- Our military care for the elderly
The world’s economy was “closed” and some saw their whole worlds changed due to sudden, unexpected and extreme financial burdens.
Our new best social contribution is to close ourselves inside our homes and not be the cause of further infections.
We are wary of our neighbour for they could be responsible for making us or our loved ones ill.
The forced isolation and “social distancing” has severed critical social ties and resulted in some having to making impossible choices:
risk to health or risk to livelihood?
Inequality was revealed within and across borders and we find ourselves realizing that it is not acceptable to let the most vulnerable among us pay the cost of our collective abandonment of care.
Those with digital connectivity are better equipped for the “tele-everything” to meet the requirements of social distancing: children can learn; and adults can work remotely. While their lives are disrupted, they are not decimated.
Our most acute concern should be that the pandemic will change very little or nothing at all, or that everything changes and will never be the same.
During these next few months, the world continues to remain fluid and malleable and we find ourselves facing decisions on countless new choices to be made:
- Back to school or home school?
- Back to work or work from home?
- Back to regular life or keep it on pause for a little while longer?
If you or a loved one is finding it difficult to cope, let us help you navigate across this challenging hurdle that we are all currently facing.