Many of you focus on how to survive the next few months.
I’m not knocking it – this is a crazy time, so it pays to have a strategy.
Having said that…
Are you thinking about what comes next?
For when the world returns to more-or-less normal?
Because it will return. With every crisis, folk said it would change everything forever. But let’s not exaggerate it. 9/11 changed the world… and even so, things mostly returned to normal. Same again with 2008 and (for some Americans) Trump’s election and a dozen other catastrophes.
The ‘new normal’ is always closer to the old normal than it might seem.
This pandemic is no different. It will break because pandemics always do. The first-hit countries are already bouncing back – the rest of us have to wait it out. I doubt the coronavirus will ever disappear, but it won’t dominate forever. It can’t.
I’m sure the smart entrepreneurs and executives are thinking ahead to when crowds become a thing again.
How about you?
When I say things will return to normal, I’m talking on average. For some folk, this experience will break them. They’ll get used to isolation and keep up that habit, long into the future.
Why go out to restaurants, when medicalcannabis junk food can arrive at your door?
What’s the point of playing board games, after a few months of bingeing on video games?
Who cares about cinemas when the internet is right here?
Some folk will spend the rest of their lives exercising less, getting less fresh air and sun, and refusing physical contact at all costs.
The rest of you?
You’re thinking of all the things you took for granted – even something as small as going to a restaurant with friends.
You’re going to travel more and explore more.
Social distancing can’t end soon enough, and when it does you’re going to shake every hand. Maybe even hug more. Why not?
You’re going to get out into nature, exercise more, have healthier hobbies and embrace every moment.
Maybe you’ll even quit that job you hate (because look what getting locked in a box with recycled air got you?) or at least use this to work more flexibly.
I’m lucky enough to have money coming in still, so I’m saving money for some training and travel. You better believe I’m watching the number of active cases in each country, looking forward to the day we’re all free again.