Rory over at A Guy Called Bloke recently asked readers if they thought that they or their approach to life would change post-pandemic. My answer was a pretty emphatic no, but I thought I’d unpack that a little bit.
I guess one piece of this potential for change is with regards to gratitude, and whether the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic will make us more grateful for the things we have. For the last couple of years, I’ve done a daily gratitude entry in my bullet journal. I haven’t noticed much of a change in what I feel grateful for. I was grateful for pretty simple things then, and I’m grateful for those same kind of basics now.
Another area for potential change is in terms of things that you weren’t doing before that you intend to take advantage of once you have the opportunity again. For me, the limitations on what I can do due to coronavirus are minimal, especially compared to the effects of depression. Even if psychomotor retardation wasn’t limiting me in a physical sense, apathy and anhedonia mean that I just don’t care about doing most things. The fact that I’m emotionally indifferent to the deaths from this pandemic just happen to be a reminder that the apathy is alive and well.
Change could also happen with respect to how we relate to the people around us. Personally, I don’t like being around people, thanks to the combination of depression and introversion. If anything, COVID-19 reaffirms how firmly asocial I am. There will be no change for me in that department.
Perhaps I’m a bit cynical, but I’m not convinced that there’s going to be a lot of broader social change as a result of this. I suspect that people will be too distracted by the economic fallout to be thinking about how to make our world a better place as a result of what’s happened. The environment, though, will have a nice reprieve from us making a mess of it.
I haven’t the slightest clue how a return to normal will start to happen for the world at large. But the guinea pigs and I will still be here doing our thing, the same as we have all along. And that stability in and of itself is worth being grateful for.
Do you think this coronavirus pandemic will change you when you emerge on the other side?
The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit page has a wide range of resources to support better mental health and wellbeing.