What I Learned From The Pandemic

It’s June. Our world here in Ohio (and the rest of the country) has been screwy since March. Some of us have picked up new hobbies, found new passions and maybe even have begun to self reflect. Here’s what I have learned from the pandemic:

1. I do well on my own. Years of experience as an only child have served me well because I’ve had no trouble living alone and not seeing others. Who knew this life skill would come in so handy?

2. Dressing nicely is something I miss. Jury duty recently offered me a court ordered excuse to put on a dress and leave the house. Fellow jurors complained but I was excited to wear something other than shorts and a t-shirt.

3. The ability to move about freely is something we take for granted. Lots of cancelled plans and other inconveniences are disappointing but the real frustration is being unable to just move about freely. I used to hit the road on Saturday mornings for fun, roaming freely in a variety of directions. During the shut down there was nowhere to go and nothing to do. I’ll never take for granted my Saturday meanderings again.

4. I am fortunate and privileged. With no kids to educate or spouse in the way, I’m free to manage my time as is best for me. I’m employed and staying busy with plenty of interests to keep me occupied. My life is good compared to many others.

5. Constant dependence on the store can be minimized. Back in March, when it was clear that things were about to turn serious, I stocked up on all sorts of things – cat food and litter, toiletries, pantry items, frozen foods, trash bags, and anything else I could think of that would keep. By doing this and by managing fresh produce wisely, it became possible to hit the store every couple of weeks. While there, I would replenish supplies used from the pantry and pick up produce, thus keeping myself in a constant state of stocked up. It has saved me a lot of money not running to the store whenever I need a few things.

6. On a lighter note, I learned that the pickles pictured above are positively addictive. I don’t know what they put in these things but they’re amazing!

What have you learned from the pandemic? I would love to hear your stories!

16 thoughts on “What I Learned From The Pandemic

  1. I think this pandemic is harder for city folks who are used to being in close proximity with lots of people and dependent on public transport. I prefer the country, the isolation. So for me, this pandemic hasn’t really changed or disrupted my life.

    • It has disrupted my life in that I can’t roam and my daily routine is way different since I’m working from home. The roaming I miss but, in some ways, quality of life has improved so I won’t complain. But yes, I have heard of people who haven’t left an apartment in weeks or who are struggling mentally being cut off from others. 😦

  2. I’ve learned to be more grateful for our house on 1/3 acre. I always thought we would enjoy an apartment, but during the pandemic it’s been great to be able to come and go without running into other people, and to have our own outdoor space.

  3. I’ve learned that even though I’m pegging-the-meter introverted I do need some human contact, even outside my household. I’ve also learned that most people I know really aren’t thinking this through — they’re letting their feelings guide them entirely. The path to wisdom is when you think about your feelings, and when you feel your way through your thoughts. And, of course, when your thoughts are informed by the best information available.

    I’m also in the middle of learning that as much as I like being at home, I need to be out in the world. Margaret and I are now trying to figure out how we can take a long weekend away and stay reasonably safe.

    • You’re right. Most people don’t think anything through. What they want, how they feel right now is all that matters. It’s sad to see and that theme is prevalent right now in other controversial areas besides the pandemic.

      I find the more I’m alone the less I want human interaction. Not sure if that’s healthy but I seem to be doing well with it! It could very well be a product of the fact I have basically no shared views with most people around me so I have nothing to talk to them about anyway.

      I do miss my adventures and am trying to figure out something to do over my July vacation. Safety is key but so is availability of something to do. It’s a quandary! Good luck getting your long weekend away!

  4. Geez.. she got out the dress! Big timin’! Lol! Jk!

    You’re very independent in many ways and that’s really awesome!

    • Ha! Yes, but don’t worry – I was back in yoga pants that night!

      Sometimes I’m not sure if my independent streak is a blessing or a curse but it’s all I know.

      • 🙌

        I can definitely relate. To an extent. My childhood was extremely lonely. People think I’m rude and selfish but for a large part of my life it’s been only me. Good in some situations but I’m socially awkward as all get out.

      • Oh, yeah. I’m kind of a weirdo in real life. Better in one-on-one situations and with certain people but just as happy with my solitude. If this is what they call lonely, I probably wouldn’t recognize it because this is all I really know.

        People who think that about you simply don’t understand. Another introvert could pick you out of a crowd at a hundred paces.

      • I’ve come to terms with everything I like and don’t like. I know what makes me happy and I don’t care about fitting in. So I’m a weirdo too. Kind of a asymmetrical piece in a very boring symmetric world lol.

        They could, it’d be pretty obvious lol.

  5. It sounds like you’re making the most of the situation, Brandi. I am also one of the fortunate ones who has room to roam, at home and around the county.

    I’ve learned that we can do without FTF meetings – but total absence of human contact is probably not good for mental health. Don’t take availability of certain things for granted. Even so, alternatives are a matter of creative thinking. And no way will I ever buy those pickles, even if they’re the last thing on the shelf. Would not want to go to my grave with that taste in my mouth.😜😖

    • Lol. The flavor is so mild that they don’t even leave an aftertaste! I am so weird about pickles but these remind me of someone’s grandma’s homemade pickles. 🙂

      I’m glad to hear you are doing well too.

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