3 Things a Year of Pandemic Taught Me
Can you believe it’s been one year since life as we knew it was changed, possibly forever? COVID-19 turned a quick trip to the grocery store into something we thought twice about. Do we really need bread? Will they have toilet paper? I better get there right when the delivery truck arrives. The list could go on. I am sure we all learned many things this past year. Here are my top 3:
- I am SO blessed. There are so many reasons for this. I knew it long before the pandemic struck, however, I am more aware of it on a daily basis. I am grateful for so many more things. I don’t take for granted the things I once did. I appreciate human interaction. A simple dinner at a restaurant is a special treat. My closet is full of clothes that I haven’t worn in a year. I am spoiled to be able to order something online and have it show up at my door within a day or two. Without as many outside distractions, nature shows its beauty in glorious ways.
- Time is precious. In any hardship or inconvenience, there is something that can be learned if you look for it. We lost two beloved pets this past year. The loss is felt every day. But because we were “stuck” at home, we were able to spend so much more time with them, loving and caring for them, snuggling and holding them than we would have if we had been in our old routine. I had been running late for a gig and my fiancé asked me to come by his shop because he missed me. Normally I would have told him I would just see him when I got home since it was out of my way and I really didn’t have the extra time. You know what I did? I drove the 10 extra minutes there and backtracked, adding 20 minutes to my trip just so I could get a kiss and see my man in person before I went to work. There is nothing more important than love and no one will get me to believe differently.
- Where there’s a will… You know the rest of the saying. “How will children go to school if they can’t leave the house?” “How will I do my job if I can’t go to my office?” “We had a trip planned. What now?” Creativity, ingenuity, will. All of these kicked into high gear this year. We learned to think outside the box. “Can’t” seemed to go out the window. Technology took a front seat. Parents banned together to figure out ways to supervise children while still doing their job. Businesses made arrangements for workers to stay home and be productive while saving employees time, stress, and money. Companies that once relied heavily on one stream of income came up with new ways of selling their product or new streams of income entirely. Families arranged fun staycations and connected with each other on a deeper level instead of being distracted by ongoing activities.
Next time the temptation of envy creeps in, look around you and actually take note of your blessings. They may not all be material. Take the time to love yourself and show love to others. It’s something you will miss if you’re not able. And, lastly, get creative. Thinking positively changes everything. Instead of thinking, “why is this happening to me?” think “why is this happening FOR me?” A change in perspective can change your whole trajectory.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.