I Know Covid Has Been Bad, But…

Covid hasn’t been all bad!

Yeah, we saw some holes in the American health care system. And that time when there wasn’t enough PPE for medical personnel, that wasn’t awesome. But I didn’t wear jeans for six months. Some days I didn’t even get out of my pajamas!

Sure, many Americans found themselves in a financial pickle during this time. Still, I personally feel lucky that this pandemic forced us to reevaluate our priorities. Had we not been confronting what really mattered this year, I doubt my family and I would have moved from our Tribeca apartment to a simpler and more rustic existence in our new Connecticut six-bedroom

Absolutely, some people lost their jobs. But being able to turn the camera off during a Zoom work meeting? Life changing.

And for those who had to keep working in person — you know, the ones who risked their lives every day because there was no financial safety net enabling them to even have the choice to stop working should they decide it wasn’t safe? Well first of all, a big thank you to that group! Secondly, I, too, learned how to take risks. I confronted my fears of failure and started my first podcast about always finding the silver lining.

Okay, were black and brown people disproportionately affected by Covid-19, all while making up the majority of the workforce that was required to continue working? This is totally true. 100%. However, I finally watched The Wire, something that I had been putting off for forever.

Listen, I just think it’s important to point out that not everything that has happened during this pandemic has been a bummer. Depression was at a high. And there were definitely moments when I felt down. But I also found so much peace from this new meditation app. Every day I learn new affirmations like “you are the hero of your own story” and “don’t rush to categorize a certain experience as bad.“

I remember reading an article about how people were struggling to get access to medications (like for Lupus and crazy stuff like that). That’s tough. And I feel for those people. But I got really into essential oils this year. And with Amazon Prime delivery, they never took more than two days to arrive! I doubt I would have explored the world of aromatic oils had I continued to live my life always on the go.

Many are saying that this is one of the worst chapters in history. But is it not interesting to be a part of history? My grandkids will have to memorize facts about 2ply toilet paper for their social studies exams. I’ll be like, “I LIVED that!”

And we should never forget about the millions of people around the world who have died. I’ve learned that memory is so important. Which is a big part of why I finally started to write my memoir. See? As I like to say on my podcast, “there is always a silver lining.” Incidentally, this is also the name of my memoir.

Yes, people couldn’t get haircuts. Well. Actually. I did get a haircut. I think I got four in total? This year is such a blur!

All I’m trying to say is that there was a lot of good because of Covid. And you have to take the “ups” with the “downs.” Had this whole Covid thing not happened, I wouldn’t be sitting here in my jammies, breathing in the smell of sandalwood oil, and looking out the window of my second favorite sunroom.

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