Ok, yes, I am finally doing a blog post on COVID-19! I know, the internet has been blowing up with content related to the Coronavirus, and I’m pretty late to the party.
I have three reasons to defend myself:
(1) I haven’t really known what to say. A world pandemic is kind of unexpected and bizarre.
(2) I’m a little sick of reading nothing but Coronavirus blog posts and articles, so I haven’t really wanted to add to the pile.
(I’m guessing some of you might be a little sick of it too, but if you aren’t and you want more, check out the COVID-19 stuff of the Rebelution! I likely won’t be writing more blog posts about the Coronavirus, but the Reb has a lot of awesome Christian content covering this topic to encourage you during this difficult time.)
And (3) honestly, I’m enjoying my break.
My perspective is a little different…
I am sorry for all you dying extroverts, but being alone(-ish, if you count the ten siblings) has been good for me, my mental health, and productivity. My perspective is very different than all those articles for people who are freaking out. My dad works from home a lot anyway, so we don’t have as much to fear financially. We are all healthy, so there isn’t as much reason to worry about getting infected.
I know a lot of people are struggling financially and/or emotionally right now. Some people have lost loved ones and jobs, and a lot of people are scared or worried right now. If you are one, I’m praying for you. God has got the whole pandemic in His hands, friend, we’ll get through this. <3
However, I am not one of those people. The Lord has blessed my family up to this point, and we don’t even have to worry about running out of toilet paper.
So my perspective on COVID-19 is very different. This experience has been teaching me different lessons. Lessons of gratefulness, and lessons of not taking the little things for granted. I’m going to share these lessons with you today.
1: The Coronavirus is helping me learn to not take little things for granted.
A few weeks ago, the Coronavirus really turned life upside down. The simple guidelines to stay six feet apart and not gather in large groups changed our day-to-day lives.
My calendar was cleared. COVID-19 canceled so many events! The fun activities I had been looking forward to weren’t there anymore.
Those things getting taken away helps me to value them. From now on, I think I’m going to treasure those little opportunities a little more. After this is all over, I’m going to be more grateful for the activities on my calendar.
The Coronavirus has been taking so many things away from us that we took for granted. When life goes back to normal, let’s enjoy it to the fullest and not take the little things for granted.
2: The Coronavirus is teaching me how important the economy is.
Hehe, I blame this one on my dad (who is also my economics teacher). =P But seriously, the economy plays such a big part in our lives!
And no, I’m not talking about money–I’m talking about people. The first thing you learn in economics is that economics is the study of people and choices. And the economy–all these people making so many choices–makes our lives so much easier.
Think of how easy it is to run to the store and buy some toilet paper when the economy is running smoothly. Many, many people worked hard to get that toilet paper to you: the people who cut down the tree, the people who built the toilet paper making factory, the truck drivers who drove it from place to place… all the way to the cashier who sold it to you.
You can’t make toilet paper on your own. Well, you probably could make some scratchy, poor-quality toilet paper. But when we work together, life is so much easier.
The Coronavirus has disrupted the economy in many ways, but all the more reason to thank God for it when it is doing its job.
3: The Coronavirus is showing me what a blessing technology is.
Even if our lives are messed up so much by being stuck at home, think of how much we still can do!
For example, if we weren’t in the 21st century, you couldn’t do your school at home very easily. But technology lets us do pretty much everything you would have done in class. You can learn about any topic on the interwebs, your teacher can email you your homework in an instant, and you can talk to your teacher and fellow classmates on Zoom, FaceTime, or Hangouts.
Well, that’s a bad example because homework isn’t very fun. =P But if school were completely canceled for this long, you would probably have to catch up during the summer–which would not be fun.
If you are an adult, perhaps your job allows you to work from home. That’s thanks to technology. Can’t go to the library? Get an ebook. It is amazing how much technology allows us to do. So much of what was canceled can be replaced with a video chat.
The Coronavirus makes me thankful to be a member of the 2000s. Technology can’t replace everything, and it can be used for evil, but it is definitely a blessing in very many ways.
If God decides to give us a world pandemic, we might as well learn a thing or two from it. There are so many bad things, but let’s count our blessings all the same.
What Do You Think?
How are you all doing with this craziness going on? What have you been learning from COVID-19 and its side-effects?