2020 would have been great. Great sport events such as the Olympic, European Football Championship should have taken place in this year. Metallica would have had a concert in the city where I live (although I haven’t got the ticket). I might have grown the Technology team I was (still am) in charge of. 2020 itself is a great number. But then the Corona virus came and changed everything.
I don’t want to write and talk about the disaster the virus has been causing so far. A lot of deaths, pain, sadness, disappointment. It has taken a toll on us, physically, mentally, and financially. They are well-documented and I don’t want to repeat it here. Instead, I want to focus on a few things I have learned during this pandemic and put them into perspective positively.
Here the 10 things I have learned (or have been reminded of) from the pandemic, in no particular order:
- Health is the most important thing. This is something that I need to be reminded over and over again. Take care of my health, so I can be around my loved ones longer.
- Be ready and prepare for everything, financially. All of a sudden, people are losing jobs. I consider myself lucky, that my industry doesn’t have to close during the lockdown. However, since I don’t know what the future brings, saving money during and for the turbulence period seems a good idea.
- Whatever I plan, start now. Big ideas with careful plans are good, but I need to have several small(er) and actionable plans, then start and do it immediately. Waiting around until the time is right is wasting time.
- Speaking of loved ones, get in touch with them regularly. With my kids staying at home, I have more time spending with them. I have a video call once a week with my parents and siblings. I’m also planning to have a regular call with my long (lost) and old friends.
- Show empathy to others. I have a loving family, I get to keep my job ,able to work from home, and a place to live. Others are not as fortunate as me. Listen to their problems and give them more appreciations, including the covidiots.
- Seize and enjoy the moment, because our lives are fragile. Do not delay my dreams in the bucket list.
- Don’t take things for granted, however small that is. Despite being introvert, I miss traveling and dancing and interacting with people.
Like all of us, I wish 2021 will be better. But it is up to us to make that happen. With every problem, comes a great opportunity. We just have to know where to look.