Why Going Back is Not an Option
Three months ago, I remember spending four hours on the road almost every day, going through the worst traffic and searching for parking spots. My world was so hectic, my productivity was low, and I barely have time for my self. What's left of my time, I spend it with Alexa and our doggies, and it's not that much, 24 hours was not enough for a day.
Do I or will I miss my life before the pandemic? Am I looking forward to going back to normal? Nope, and here's why:
If going back to normal means having to experience heavy traffic again, no thanks! Being quarantined for two months made me realize how valuable personal time is. I can do the things that I'm passionate about without neglecting my responsibility of keeping the business afloat. That four hours wasted in traffic can be four hours of sleep.
If going back to normal means having to go to meetings that can be done simply through emails or a phone call - No, thanks! Sure, discussions in person can create better results. But it's only valid if supported with an email that outlines the conversation. If we were able to operate the business through video conferences during the quarantine, then why the hell not after?
If going back to usual means a risk of exposure to the virus - No, thanks. Before the pandemic, I would not have a problem ordering groceries online. Except, there were only a few options before. Remember Honestbee? It was a fucking deal-breaker, too bad it didn't last long enough to experience the pandemic; otherwise, it would have been sweet for them. Now, almost everyone is forced to use digital services, from shopping, logistics, to financing apps. The internet is swelling with online sellers and homemade products. Now would I still want to go out there and wait in line? I'd rather not.
If going back to normal means I have to fill my car with gas every month, then no, thanks. I haven't gassed up since the start of ECQ, and it's been three months. I may sound entitled, but the reality is the situation taught me to never leave the house until it is necessary. My work is non-essential, our business is non-essential, and I would instead leave going out to the people who really need to go to work. Plus, it's one less person outside to contaminate.
If going back to normal means having to experience lousy governance again, then no thanks. It's not just the comparison between the governance before the pandemic and after the pandemic, because I think it's not being handled well during. But the potential change it might bring. Although they always end up doing the worst, it's okay; it's learning. It's just that the cost is high - money, lives, and especially time are wasted thus resulting in outrage. Still, the potential for the government to learn and for the people to educate themselves in choosing leaders is something to look forward to.
I'm not looking forward to returning to what it used to be, but I'm rather excited about what's to come. The "new normal" we always talk about; bikes, masks, social distancing, video conferencing, and online shopping - These aren't new. These are the things we chose to ignore that led us to spread the virus. To see people value plants over iPhones, food over designer bags, hobbies over mindless phone scrolling, and fitness over Friday night parties; To find the value of your inner circle instead of the acquaintances you thought were friends; To be able to see the sunrise and experience it set; To find relief that 24 hours is actually so much time; These are the things that I want to see and live in until I cross the next life. ✳︎