To be perfectly honest I am not sure where to start. The last few weeks have turned into something straight out of a Science Fiction novel. Mandatory shut downs, people self-isolating and social distancing. People buying way too much toilet paper, I joke. Really though I believe this whole Coronavirus pandemic has everyone thinking twice about a lot of things in life.
I remember watching in January as China had a goal to build a new hospital in 10 days to fight the virus and try to help save lives. I couldn’t believe that a country could do something that fast. There is no chance that in Canada, or Winnipeg in particular we would be in a position to do something of that grand scale to battle this crazy illness. Obviously our governing bodies, both in the province and the country have been watching the spread of this virus and the possibilities that can come from it. We are lucky that the city we live in has SPACE! Social distancing is something we have the ability to do. I was in Costco this week, I waited in line like everyone else and got into the store to find roomy aisles, no crowding, no one running carts into each other, it was probably the most pleasant shopping experience I have had in a long time. People are being smart and while some of that may be an inconvenience it is so necessary.
In our house both Jen and I are Realtors, which as of today was declared an essential service.
This means we will still be working and helping our clients who need to buy or sell a home find what they need. We completely understand the social distancing and staying home, we have two young children at home, one who’s preschool is closed due to the virus and the other who is usually home with us has a weaker immune system. So we are not intentionally trying to put ourselves in harm’s way by continuing to work. We have taken every precaution we know to maintain distance from people, and to keep ourselves and our family safe, as well as our client, and their homes.
I guess my biggest take away from this so far is how much negativity and doom and gloom there seems to be out there. Yes we are isolated, yes we are all having to change the way we do things in our daily lives. However there is a reason for it, and that is to ensure that as many people as possible are able to go back to their normal lives when this is all figured out. I too can take it for granted when I have two kids screaming at each other because they are bored and want to do something other than be at home, I get it we all would like to have the option to do other things.
However, I choose to look at the good things that have come out of it. Personally I am getting to have a ton of quality time with my family, we are able to eat almost every meal together, prepping and cooking with the kids is a great learning experience and a good test of patience for all of us. We have been baking, crafting, playing, laughing, crying, but we have been able to do it all together. We have more time to appreciate our home, yard and neighborhood while we find creative things to do without “going somewhere”. Finding new games to play with the kids, seeing their enjoyment change day-to-day on what they want to do and how happy they are to just do something out of the norm. For instance they had an extra long bath in our basement tub (the one with the jets) the other day with toys they don’t usually get to use in the bath and they loved every minute! For kids it really can be just that simple.
The gist of what I’m trying to say is maybe this is that time to do something you have been putting off, to read a book you have always wanted to read, to build that bird feeder you always wanted to build, or maybe you want to be the best Fornite player in the world.
the point is we have been given an opportunity from a very crazy situation that none of our parents, or even their parents have seen the likes of. Let’s all embrace it as community, city, country and do what we can to beat this thing. If you can do something to help someone in need, do it. If you need some help don’t be afraid to ask. These are unprecedented times and everyone’s needs will be different. Let’s be kind to each other and most of all, stay safe everyone.
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