Today I’m sharing my thoughts and feelings as we mark one year into the Covid-19 Pandemic.
This morning I watched my Instagram stories from one year ago with a different perspective on life. I can hear naivety in my voice as I describe our school’s two hour delay to discuss how they would operate with the spread of Covid cases in Connecticut. Unbeknownst to me, a two-week shutdown proposal would expand from the schools to our country. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic; two days later President Donald Trump declared Covid-19 a National Emergency.
How are you feeling today? I’m still a little bewildered as I reflect on the events of the last 365 days. Earth stopped spinning, or at least slowed down, as every human locked themselves inside at the same exact time. Restaurants and businesses turned over permanent CLOSED signs while forgotten jackets hung in cubbies beside empty desks in school for weeks on end. In the most simultaneous organized fashion, our every day lives flipped upside down.
One Year Into the Covid-19 Pandemic
One year into the Covid-19 Pandemic our world has changed so much, with every country and every state walking different paths. In Connecticut, protocols for face coverings, social distancing, and cleaning remain in place – while capacity and travel restrictions are easing up this month. Emotions are running high for so many as we approach the anniversary of the shutdown. Personally, I feel overwhelmed with unexplainable feelings as I near the one year mark since I caught Covid.
Last night I went out to dinner with my sisters and things almost felt normal. We laughed over delicious drinks and food, discussing details of this year’s upcoming events: a pregnancy and a wedding. I left the restaurant feeling hopeful for the first time in a long time. With vaccinations on the rise and Covid cases on the decline, we may have a brighter future ahead. I’d like to think the worst is behind us, but I can’t help thinking of my voice in those stories last year. I was so buoyant, carefree, and unaware of what was about to happen to our world.
Today I choose to be optimistic. As spring approaches, I’m believing the season to be an auspicious propitious sign of new beginnings. One year later I am reflecting on what I’ve learned – that life can change in a matter of seconds, so it’s best to be prepared. How are you feeling one year into the Covid-19 pandemic?