August 24, 2020
Be grateful it’s temporary.
Thinking of how or whether to rearrange schooling, whether or not to permanently embrace working from home whenever possible, and deciding if it’s advisable to pay for a yearly subscription on grocery delivery are all decisions that would be made much easier if we knew exactly when this pesky pandemic will leave us.
That, I think, is part of the problem. If we knew we could never come within six feet of strangers again, it might be in some ways, easier to deal with emotionally. It would definitely make it more worth the effort of restructuring. But knowing that this is a temporary situation, is it worth the effort to revamp everything as though we were going to live like this forever?
In many cases, probably not. Where the answer is affirmative, it may be because the change is one that may be beneficial in the long term whether or not COVID is a factor. An example would be allowing more people to work from home.
Although we don’t know when, we can feel confident that our heightened precautions won’t be necessary forever. In spite of the stress we are feeling both from the threat of illness, and from the uncertainty of how best to deal with the multitude of tangents brought about by the virus, we should take heart from the fact that it may be over even before we make all the relevant decisions.