|Posted by J. P. Edgar on March 30, 2020 at 3:45 PM|
It's been a scary time for the world as of late. COVID-19 has reportedly gone up with the U.S. leading in cases. Unemployment has skyrocketed due to the quarentine in attempts to get the pandemic under control. Millions will lose their insurance and may not be able to afford the care they need if they get sick. And obviously, there is more negativity that could be reported. This is a dark time we live in.
However, there could also be the bright side of things. After all, clinging onto the good is what drags us out of the mud of life. Right? So consider the following thoughts:
People have been able to spend time with their families. Everyone is so overworked or too busy that they don't have any time to simply sit with their family and watch a movie, or to just talk and reconnect. And just think about how happy you've made your puppies. They don't like their human leaving all day every day. Now they have their human to hug and keep company.
The air has been given a reprieve from the lack of pollution. Stanford University reported that the air quality around China has improved and thus could have saved lives. In fact, Marshall Burke from Stanford estimates that the two months of reduced pollution has saved ~4,000 children under 5 and ~73,000 adults over 70 China alone.
Gas prices have dropped due to low demand. I keep a chart on gas prices (as of Oct 2016). I haven't seen prices this low since the chart began. So if you have to drive somewhere (to get out of the area, for example), the cost will be less to fill up that tank.
Since people have a lot more time to just sit and think, it can give people the opportunity to reflect and reconsider their life and their choices. Some times, people are so busy they don't realize how much their lives have gone into disarray. People can take a moment to realize what they may have taken for granted and to get their lives on a better track.
We have seen an unprecedented amount of productivity from what would be considered slow and complex procedures from bureaucrats. In the U.S., the government started on the $2 trillion stimulus to attempt to help the citizens. This is a huge matter to consider as the divided bureaucrats could hardly agree on anything. Everything is so black-and-white with the government, but the two sides worked together to push this through. This could be the first step in bipartisanship and to get things that need to be done around the country done.
Not being able to go outside can also be a good thing. Consider this, many people now have to work from home. This may change the way their company works, and could allow for a more diverse employee base to make a company succeed. For example, a programming company in San Francisco could have done everything in-house. Now, they're forced to work from home. Now that the logistics of in-home work is in production, they can pull in resources from New York to build a better product.
The innovation on at-home concepts is outstanding! Restaurants are now working on delivery instead of dine-in. That will allow people who can't or don't want to leave their homes (pre-COVID-19) to try out different eateries. This will, in turn, enhance their business.
Community. I read an article about Italians who are trapped in their homes resorting to singing to one another on balconies. I'm sure you've seen a video or two posted on someone's Facebook. People have been donating to the hard-working healthcare workers various personal protective equipment and have given them standing ovations for their efforts to help people with this crisis. It's astounding that people are embracing the "we're all in this together" mindset world-wide!
I know times are tough, and they will get tougher. However, try to look on the bright side of things regardless of how dark things can get. And remember, you're not alone in your struggles.
Stay safe. More ridiculousness to come,