The current global pandemic caught us all by surprise. While we were busy living, or simply existing, something sinister crept up from behind us and turned our lives upside and down. And it’s been a dreary past year, to say the least.
But you must not fret. COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered, and soon this will all be over. And there are great things we can look forward to once this plague runs its course. Here are some of them.
Small business boom
The pandemic caused 1.69 million people to lose their job. And that’s in the United States alone. But if there were any silver lining to it, that would be how retrenched workers had to become creative. Some of them baked and sold their sweet goodies. Others gardened and bartered their produce.
And we can expect this trend to carry over once the pandemic is done. There will be a small business boom triggered by people’s newly discovered entrepreneurial spirit. And you can partake in this movement too.
Do you like designing cute metal ornaments? You can see your creations come to life via custom metal fabrication and have them sold online. Are you passionate about fashion? Maybe it’s time to set up a small shop where you can display your carefully curated catalog and start building your clientele.
Let’s get physical
We had to social distance for a long time. That’s for the sake of safeguarding ourselves and others and delaying the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You surely miss holding hands, hugging, kissing, and having some sexy time.
As soon as most of the globe’s population has been inoculated enough for herd immunity to take effect, people will definitely get physical. And in a good way too.
There’ll be hugs and kisses galore. You can also expect public spaces to be inundated with people exercising under the sun.
Dressing to the nines
The pandemic has given rise to slob-chic fashion. Most people were sent home to work or study. And there’s no need to dress up. Since your boss on a Zoom meeting with you won’t know you’re wearing no more than flimsy underwear below the waist, that’s been your choice of apparel even when discussing important business goals. And you’re not alone.
But after the plague, you can expect people to go out of their way to look good and dapper. After all, we’ve been deprived of exhausting our wardrobe’s greatest hits for too long. So get those OOTDs ready. It’ll be the roaring 20s.
If there’s one thing we realized because of this global pandemic, it’s how collective health should be our priority. Just because you’re moneyed enough to afford reliable health care does not mean you’re safe. You must look out for other’s health as well.
That is unless you’re game with staying in a self-imposed lockdown forever. Should that be your chosen path, you won’t get to enjoy the funds you have in the bank.
So in the coming years, let’s cross our fingers that health policies will finally consider the collective instead of the individual. That’s the only we can survive should another plague happen.
Stronger sense of community
In the past, we have succumbed to the troublesome pull of individualism. We gave more value to the self and refused to acknowledge that the self can only achieve its fullest potential within the collective. After needing to self-isolate for a long time, we all know by now that yes, as cliche as it is, no man’s an island.
After the pandemic, we will all experience a stronger sense of community. There’ll be block parties. Communal potlucks. Newly-formed organizations left and right. And these can only be good for our shared growth.
We saw how our lives could change in the blink of an eye. If before the only thing that mattered to us is our career and how we can climb up the corporate ladder as fast as we can, the future will make us more attuned with our soul.
You probably know by now that life can’t revolve around the hustle. You need to give yourself time and space to grow spiritually too. And that can’t happen if your priorities are dictated by money alone.
Whenever you feel down and on the verge of hopelessness because of your current and shared situation, remember the things mentioned in this list. They should keep you trusting a future more promising than now. Remember that we’re all in this together.