Have you been touched by the early rounds of Covid? Many have. We thought it would end when we got vaccinated then received our booster shot. But it’s still here and shows no signs of going away anytime soon. So we have to change our mind’s view of Covid so we can get on with our lives. What is your view of Covid today?
Covid today threatens to overrun our hospitals, wear out our health care workers, and hold us back from developing a new normal for our lives. This new normal is elusive and slow in arriving. Many businesses closed and we were all isolated for so long that isolation still seems the new normal. But we’re just at a plateau where we can see the difficulties of the past without seeing over the horizon for what is coming. Living alone has somewhat dampened the impacts for many of us. Isolating wasn’t a big deal because living alone is close to continuous isolation anyway. Now we go out some and have a few meetings in person, but most of us still spend the majority of our time living alone most of the time.so, what is next?
Covid in 2022
For me and I hope you as well, 2022 will be a loosening of the bonds of fear of Covid. A vaccinated and boosted will get more comfortable as time passes. They will go out more and meet with more people but most will do it responsibly. So if I go to a store, I still wear my mask and expect to do so next year. A simple precaution like we take during flu season. I will continue to wash my hands frequently and stay out of huge indoor venues.
Living alone in 2022
Living alone in 2022 will be more of the same.
- More in-person meetings.
I have three large in-person meetings scheduled between now and April. In the earlier one’s, I expect to take more precautions than in the later ones.
- More travel by car and air.
I will be traveling for the three in-person meetings by car. Then I will be traveling by air for graduation followed by a longer air trip to New Zealand.
- A continuation of safety precautions.
Regular hand sanitation and mask wearing will continue for me because of immune system issues. I Will still be alone in the majority of the time since I live alone.
- An acceptance that Covid will be with us for a long time like the recurring flu.
If you haven’t accepted it yet, I think you may as well accept the fact that Covid will be around for a long time, regularly mutate, and require at least annul booster shots. It will continue to be fatal to some people just as the flu is and will continue to attack those with underlying medical issues and those who are not yet vaccinated.
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. —Thich Nhat Hanh