Finding some good in all this COVID-19 chaos.

We are living through a real life horror movie right now. There’s a mysterious virus spreading quickly around the World and people are dying. Life as we knew it has come to a halt as Nations band together and try to prevent the spread. Stock markets are tumbling, companies are shutting down and people are losing their jobs. There is no end in sight and millions upon millions of people are growing restless and scared.

That sums up the doom and gloom headlines we keep seeing. Even those of us trying to avoid the news all know people that are becoming addicted to monitoring the statistics and keeping us all informed whether we want to hear it or not.

While it is very important to know what’s happening – and we definitely need to follow recommendations from the experts – we also need to try to find some positivity in this situation to keep ourselves and our loved ones sane. Governments are putting programs into place to help businesses and people. Tax deadlines are being moved. Some companies are doing great things to keep their employees paid during this time. Banks are allowing mortgage payments to be deferred. Schools are looking at putting courses online. Do yourself a favor and check into these things so you can get assistance where you need it most.

The opportunity is right in front of you

This may be the only time in our lives where the World slows down just enough to allow us to catch up on some of the things we have always wanted to do, but were never really going to get the chance.

Take 5 minutes and make 2 lists.

The first is all the things that you are not able to do right now that you really miss. You don’t need to share this list with anybody else, so get as detailed as you like. If you don’t write this down, you are going to forget.

The second is all the things you have really wanted to find time for, but were never going to. Many people talk about “bucket lists” – this is a little different. Due to the restrictions in place regarding travel and interacting with others, this needs to be more about personal development. What things can you work on that will make you happier and ultimately better off than you were?

There are so many fantastic free courses on YouTube, Udemy and other platforms, now is really the time. Learn to play guitar, work on your blog, learn a new skill. Create your lists.

Here are mine.

Things I miss

  • Freedom to go anywhere
  • Going out for dinner
  • Going to the gym (yes, really)
  • Hockey
  • Visiting with family and friends

Things I really want to do

  • Write a blog (this is me doing that right now)
  • Create an online course (in the works)
  • Launch a YouTube channel (very soon – just need a little more nerve)
  • Update my company website (done)
  • Update my LinkedIn bio (done)
  • Explore the beautiful trail that runs behind my house (done and already got lost)
  • Find my way home (whew)
  • Write more.
  • Draw more.
  • Sleep in.
  • Get caught up with my expense reports (this may require another apocalypse)

Make the most of this time. Right now it seems like it’s going to go on forever – it’s not. Use this opportunity to work on yourself – you will most definitely be glad you did. Let’s all come out of this better than the way we went in.

Soon enough we will be back at a slightly modified version of “normal” and all of this will be a distant memory. That’s when we will start taking things for granted again. When that happens, take a moment to re-read List number 1 and be grateful for what you have.

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