As most European countries take their first steps back to normality; we decided to look at the past few months and reflect on what the Covid-19 lockdown has taught us.
The consensus all over the world (and one we wholeheartedly agree with) is that teachers, healthcare professionals and other frontline emergency staff are the world’s real heroes. While doctors and nurses have worked themselves to breaking point, parents worldwide have turned to social media to share their lockdown homeschooling nightmares.
Since the internet had the parents covered, we decided to ask our team members and our social media followers what “Lockdown 2020” has taught them.
Here are our Top 10 responses:
- “I can “hustle” hard!”
- ‘Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.”
- “I need business trips… spending eight weeks locked up with my family has taught me to appreciate every aspect of business travel. I would be happy going on a fact-finding trip to Murmansk in the middle of winter if it meant quiet hotel rooms and a spot of solitude.”
- “Whether I’m working from home or the office, it isn’t easy to balance life and work.”
- “I’ve learned not to take privilege and freedom for granted. When freedom wasn’t in question, I could have hiked more, travelled more locally, gone to the beach more, seen my family and friends more. But I took those things for granted because my privilege made me feel like those things would be there waiting for me whenever I felt like it was convenient to access them. Now that I can’t do the things that I took for granted, I feel like I appreciate the exceptionally high quality of life I enjoy. I will try not to waste it in future.”
- “It’s a good idea to have at least three months savings in your bank account.”
- “I have always thought of myself as being an introvert who is happy in my own company/space, so at the beginning of the lockdown, I thought it would be easy! It turns out I miss seeing and talking to people. I especially miss having a human connection with people other than my husband and child.”
- “I don’t mind staying away from people as much as I thought I would. But the biggest lesson I learned was that if left unchecked I would let my self devolve into a caveman. So I guess I need people even if it’s not something I feel I sought after.”
- “If you haven’t done any physical exercise in the last year, don’t bust out 50 pushups on your first attempt! Tennis elbow in both arms is not fun.”
- “Some days you want wine for breakfast, and other days you run a half marathon in your yard. It’s all about survival (and balance)!”
As South Africans eagerly await the easing of our current lockdown restrictions, uncertainty and stress are sure to creep in. It’s understandable to feel on top of the world on one day and the complete opposite the next.
Instead of adding to the worry, why not focus on the great things we’ve managed to achieve thus far. Giving ourselves praise for small wins is necessary, especially during something as significant as a worldwide pandemic.
Take solace from what you’ve learned during this unbelievable experience. Apply these lessons going forward and most importantly, keep being tenacious every step of the way.