Hi friends! It’s me again. How have you been?
(I found this drafted in my box and would be a shame not to share!)
Anyways, wasn’t 2020 a crazy ride? It seemed like it would’ve been a slow year, but what a blur that year was. Now, we are passed the 1/2 way mark of 2021. Despite the obvious downer of events that happened last year, there was some good that came out of it. Wait, if you are wondering if I just said good, Yes! you read that right.
Here’s my list and why:
- Zoom was introduced. I’ve never heard of Zoom before, but I have definitely heard of Skype. Apparently, Zoom can hold a larger group of people and boasts several other features that was unavailable through Skype. I appreciate Zoom because you can be with a group of people in another country and still enjoy their company in different time zones. A few things that I have already done on zoom are: Weddings, Funerals, a Gender Reveal Party, a Baby Shower, Escape Rooms, Family Nights, Anniversary Parties, Trainings, and of course Meetings!
- Face Masks prevented the common colds and flu. Typically, once a year Winfred and I will get really sick with a cold but because we pretty much wore a mask 95% of the time we were out, we didn’t get hit with it.
- Work from home became possible. I’ve always dreamed of a job that allowed me to work from home, however, all the job fields I’ve ever entered required me to be on location at ALL working times. For example, as a Transfer Guide, I physically had to be at the airport or at the hotel to pick up the tourists and drop them to their respective drop off locations with my assigned driver. As a Teller, I had to physically be at the bank and help customer’s with their transactions through my window. Fortunately for me, I was able to leave the tourism and banking industries and enter public service. However, this agency has never had any teleworking schedule until the pandemic was declared and the world stopped for a minute and every company, agency, and non essential business had to shut down OR have all employees work from home. Thankfully, I was able to work from home.
- Virtual Training. I was able to complete a six months virtual training program in the comfort of my own home. It was the first time, that this training was ever done virtually. We were literal guinea pigs! It definitely had its challenges, but I could not have been more than thankful to be able to complete it successfully.
As for 2021, at first it seemed like there was no difference from 2020. However, once the vaccine became available, it definitely felt like things were finally easing up. I was so happy to finally meet up with friends! You never truly appreciate the impact it has on your sanity of the things you may have taken for granted, such as being around good company, being able to hug people outside of your household, getting a mani-pedi, or just getting out of the house to do a hike…ALL of these felt so good inside and out. What was, and is, your silver lining to this whole pandemic era?