When the world goes back to normal, will you?

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In the immediate months and years following the end of the Second World War something strange happened. The population buy-and-large seemed to “forget” all about the war, almost immediately. Life picked up and carried on- relatively speaking- from where it had left off before.

But people didn’t really forget, did they? They didn’t want to remember.

At this time of writing here in the UK, just under one third of the population have now been vaccinated against Covid-19. The data is looking good, the end of the Pandemic is in sight.

So when the world goes back to normal, will you?

Prior to the Covid Pandemic, I wasn’t 100% happy with my life. I was over weight, I had very few friends, I was struggling to balance work and my passions and I hadn’t completed my university education. Almost 12 months and one pandemic later, nothing much in that regard has changed.

But hey, at least my blogging’s made progress right? *Sigh*

Lockdown took from me the opportunity to address the issues in my life that I wasn’t happy about. Now that lockdown is lifting for what appears to be the final time, the pressure’s on to sort the problems I was trying to fix before. Otherwise all the effort to beat Covid’s been for waste, hasn’t it?

I know I’m not the only one feeling the pressure either. Just do a quick google search, loads of people have been writing about it online.

I’m afraid of going back to the “old me” within a few weeks of lockdown lifting. I’m worried about what the means for me, that I’ve learned nothing from this experience.

That old saying “you only miss it when it’s gone” is so true! Only now that I lost the ability to go to the gym, the ability to put myself out there and socialise, do I realise how valuable those things are!

I don’t want to emerge from this pandemic taking for granted the things that I did before.

It’s very rare in life that you get a second chance at things. For many, this restart of life presents just that opportunity and I guess I’m writing this today to emphasise that these moments where we can truly start again are very precious indeed. Don’t squander it!

Like our grandparents after the second world war, when this lockdown is lifted (at least in the short term) I really don’t even want to think about Covid. I just want to get back on with my life, pick up from where I left off and take it from there.

I think after suffering through events like these, that attitude is only natural. But I’m going to try and resist it and I urge you to do so too. It’s time to make up for the lost year and really remember the lessons that it has taught us, certainly the lessons that I have learned.

I’m sure this experience will have changed me, but quite how, I think only in the fullness of time will I be able to tell.

What are you going to do when the world returns to normal? Let me know down in the comments below!

Mike.

Published by Mike

Hi I'm Mike! I'm a Progressive Christian and I work on the front line in the Emergency Services in London. I live with my wonderful partner in a quiet little town just outside of the city, 🇬🇧. I'm a writer over on Medium.com and I blog about my writing journey, books/the literary world, the faith, the mind, the heart and the soul as well as all the other day-to-day adventures I pick up along the way!

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