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2 Years On…

2 years of Covid-19

Of no hugs

2 years of lockdowns

Of no hugs

2 years of mandates

Of no hugs

2 years of isolation

Of no hugs

2 years of restrictions

Of no hugs

2 years of bubbles

OF NO HUGS

Apparently the government’s are stating that Covid-19 is no longer a health concern and we can return to life as normal. But…. you knew there was a but… it’s hard to say if this is reality. There is yet another variant rising up at the same time that restrictions across Canada are lifting and yet anyone under 5 is still at risk. The immuno comprised, the elderly, those with anxiety.

I know. I know. The above sounds like a rant. So here is the twist. Let’s turn this around and see if we can find some positives. What did you learn? About yourself? About your talents? About your personality? About your Zoom face? About your family or your friends or your neighbours? Perhaps we shouldn’t open it up to what we learnt about our elected officials as then it will mean yet another rant.

So what did I learn? For me it’s that as an extrovert I can indeed spend time alone. Longer tracts of it that I ever imagined. And be content while doing so.

I know how blessed I am that my grandchildren could be our first bubble group and that we were only restricted for short periods of time. We have though, gone above and beyond the required restrictions, as we have little ones and elderly to keep safe. And now, well now, it is time to live with it and manage our own risks. Take the lessons we learnt above and carve out our lives again. In respect for those that lost their battles to Covid and for all those on the front line that fought it.

So what did you learn?

Bernie

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I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

18 thoughts on “2 Years On…

  1. I learned that I’m perfectly comfortable not socializing. I learned that I’m more organized than I ever realized. I re-learned that I enjoy cooking and baking for the two of us.

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    1. It’s good that you are more organized than you thought. Glad you enjoy, once again, baking and cooking. Two of my favourite activities. As to socializing – it’s funny that you are an introvert in life but have the most extraverted blog and so so many connections with your huge amount of readers. Thanks for sharing your answers as to what you learnt during the pandemic Ally. It was not at all surprising that bloggers answered and non blog followers didn’t (ie IRL friends). Bernie

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  2. Having picked up a ton of skills during the lockdowns, I’ve learned that I’m not as far removed from the things I wish to do. All I need is to start, and I can very well train myself to be decent at something. Wouldn’t have tried anything different—like cooking or baking—had it not been for the long stretches at home, so yeah!

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    1. Stuart, I had been saying for years I was going to get back into bread baking and being consistently at home was the ticket. I also tried a Zoom class to learn a new creative hobby and that was ok. So yes on a home front it was good to have time to take up skills or work on projects that had just lacked for time…which reminds me I should finish up that last family picture in the window frames! Thanks for reading and commenting — it’s nice to connect with new readers. Bernie

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  3. Hi, Bernie – Great question. My biggest lesson (and there were many) was that we are always taking risks. To live is to take risks. Our responsibility is to decide what risks we are comfortable with for ourselves while not jeapordizing the comfort and safety of others.

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    1. Donna — good point that life comes with risks. I think it’s the common good versus our own risk levels that have played out so vividly during Covid. And are still playing out — I was reading about the freedom convoy descending on Victoria. What the …..?? Thanks for “playing” along and answering the question. I just thought it would be interesting to throw that question out there. Bernie

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    1. Janis, I am so happy to have found blogging support. It’s nice to know not only that people are reading but actually connecting with the words and the writer. Which brings me to the point of your awesome fiction! You’ve inspired me for sure. As an aside I found the notebook with the end of Charlotte’s Covid story! One of these days I should input it. As an aside do you long hand write your fiction or use your computer?

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      1. I’m so happy that I’ve inspired you to write fiction too. I hope you write the rest of Charlotte’s story and share it with us. I don’t write much in long hand. I’m a three-finger typist but it’s faster than writing by hand… and I can edit, change, and move things around much more easily. .

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      2. It may take me a while but Charlotte will reappear. Any advise on how many words would be appropriate for a blog post. I have never actually measured any of mine so have no clue! Bernie

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  4. Hmm, well I did learn that being an introvert has some advantages after all. And that living in Atlantic Canada, which I already knew was a blessed place to live, has the previously unacknowledged advantage of having a very high percentage of rule-followers. Masks, no problem! 😊

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    1. And I learnt, sadly, that despite living in the home province of universal healthcare there are a lot of selfish people who can’t see the common good. Masks are such an easy thing to do I just can’t understand why people make it such a big deal. The entire Maritimes were an example of how to be a collective society. Thanks for giving me your take on the question Jane. Take care. Bernie

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  5. I am an introvert and I know I am an introvert but during the pandemic I realized that there were actually limits on how much isolation I could tolerate. Luckily the odd phone or Zoom call or interacting with comments on a blog post was usually enough to scratch that itch to connect with other humans. I don’t know how the extroverts survived with their faculties intact.
    Deb

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    1. Deb. It actually allowed me to slow down and find out that I can spend a lot more time alone. As an aside I did very little Zoom but did phone people a lot more. The blogging world was the best social media – I really curtailed my FB as it can be so negative and divisive. Thanks for your reflective answer. Bernie

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  6. I learned that you can not save or protect everyone. You can only take care of yourself. You can still order take out, if you are not comfortable with in person dining. You can help your favourite restaurants and shops by ordering from them instead of Amazon. Levain baking is pretty forgiving and versatile and keeps getting better. You can’t get a good cup of coffee without using good beans. Market produce may be more expensive than supermarket, but you throw less away and it tastes better, so the price is about the same. You can walk endlessly in one forest and feel happy every time. You may not be able to hug family and friends, but you can visit face to face virtually, keeping contacts fresh. You can make your own greeting cards for less money than store bought. You can’t talk to your sister or your former neighbours about Covid, without hurting your head. I have also learned not to take Freedom for granted. The Freedom convoy’s perversion of freedom and the valiant efforts of the Ukrainians have taught me that. Be skeptical of your Government’s affirmation that Covid is over. Take nothing for granted. Live each day to the fullest. Live, Love Laugh, Hope. Be Kind. Happy Saturday Bernie. Allan

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    1. I love the “walk endlessly in one “place” and feel happy every time. That’s my prairie walks dead on. And yes freedom. I am working on a post about just that thing and you are so correct. And the skepticism – yep JP and SM have given us that. Thanks for a multileveled answer to what the pandemic taught you Allan. Take care. Bernie

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