I’m not going to look at this mandated isolation as a negative thing, rather I am noticing a gradual shift on my weekly trip to the grocery store, in my neighbourhood, and in my home.
Before this outbreak, I felt as if the world was in fast-forward. People seemed anxious and ready to pounce, with their first reactions being anger when faced with small challenges in public, or if something didn’t go their way. Everyone seemed to be in a rush behind the wheel, cutting others off, honking, and racing ahead to avoid the red light. Aggression was rampant, and anger bubbling up.
The crime was at an all-time high, shootings announced every morning, and assaults on people continuously.
Social media was a platform of bashing, and immense negativity where the business of ‘unfriending’ was at an all-time high if one didn’t agree with another’s political views.
Our environment was dying from all the toxicity we were dumping into it. Rivers and streams clouded, and wildlife dying.
But now, I am noticing something different. I am seeing a new type of mutual respect, and a drastic slowing down of everything.
The world is standing still. It’s resting.
The atmosphere is becoming a bit cleaner, and skylines are emerging from the once hazy, thickness of pollution. Rivers and streams are flowing and you can actually see the beds.
Life has become simple, and we’re gradually returning back to the basics.
Life at home.
Well, I’ll tell you, I’ve saved a lot of money. We’re spending more time together, and we’re talking to each other without continual Texting at the same time, distracted from our tasks at hand.
FaceTime is more meaningful and purposeful. Facebook is slowly turning into a platform of good-will through encouragement and support. The tides are changing. The focus has shifted, because people are realizing that we are all in the same boat.
It’s not about me, myself, and I anymore, but rather, the focus on the good towards all people. People are realizing that they are not invincible, which I believe is slowing us all down in our tracks.
Now we’re sharing. Now we’re caring. Now we’re listening.
And, no, we can’t all have what we want. It was always this way, but we were all caught up trying to change that.