The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a significant change in our lives. We have had to adapt to new norms such as wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting our activities including work, family, and education. While everyone has their own thoughts on the matter, I would like to share my personal experience and how it has affected me.
As a volunteer, I was disheartened when the organisation I worked with had to close its doors due to the pandemic. However, I quickly adjusted to the new normal.
The teenager had the new experience of online learning, and people found ways to break up the monotony of day-to-day life. Although we couldn’t go out to eat, we supported local food businesses by ordering deliveries, which were a real treat.
Wearing a mask was not a big issue for me, but it did pose a challenge when communicating with others as I am deaf and rely on lip-reading. Despite this, I remained positive and grateful for the essential workers who continued to serve the nation during this time. From NHS staff to teachers, carers, shop staff, and refuse collectors, they all deserve our heartfelt thanks.
One wonderful thing to come out of it, is that I do feel that despite people having to keep social distancing and not being able to spend time together in person, this experience has brought communities closer together, and I hope this will be a positive lasting legacy of the pandemic.
The pandemic also made me realise how much I used to rush around before it hit. I have since slowed down and appreciated the little things in life. While it was strange to be so limited in what we could do and where we could go, I have adjusted to this new way of life. However, I am looking forward to exploring more now that things seem to have settled down. I hope that we won’t see a resurgence of the virus and that everyone stays safe and well.