I hate saying it. It sounds terrible. Millions of people died. Many more got sick. The financial impacts were brutal. There was suffering all around. And yet…
I’ve been realizing lately just how happy I was during Covid despite everything that happened.
First, I was lucky enough not to lose my life or any loved ones from the disease. I was grateful.
Secondly, I didn’t have too much to do. I wasn’t running from one thing to the next. I had time to enjoy every activity I did, although the activity pool was admittedly much smaller. I was living in the present.
I was home all day with my wife and one of my daughters, like the ultimate staycation .
We played games, watched movies together, hung out in the yard under the sun, like it was a beach.
We did this for months. It was actually quite relaxing.
Of course, it helped that my wife continued to get paid as a teacher while they moved classes online and reduced the workload.
It also helped that by a stroke of luck, the “gig workers unemployment compensation” kicked in for me and actually paid at a level much higher than I expected.
We even saved a bunch of money during Covid because it was hard to spend it.
It all felt like a big, long, paid vacation.
As I said, I know this is ironic and that I’m very lucky. I feel bad even bringing it up. But the fact remains that for me, the Covid shut down showed me what my life could be like, and I enjoyed it a lot.
Of course, after a while, I got the itch to return to activities. And when the country opened up again and those activities resumed, things got busier than ever for me.
As a musician, none of us knew how long it would last. We figured it would be several months to a year, but here we are a year and a half later and things are still crazy-busy enough to make me nostalgic; not for Covid, but for the super-slow pace of life that Covid forced on us.
Work/life balance is critical. So is taking rests and pacing ourselves, even in doing things we love.
I guess the bottom line is that you take a lesson in life from whoever teaches it, even if it is Covid.
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