Entering the Next Phase of the New Normal

The last 100 days have been like no other in our lives. We have stayed home, worn masks and used sanitizers in public, had virtual or drive-by celebrations and have gone without our circle of family and friend that we are used to sharing our lives with.

At the beginning we felt as if it would all go back to normal after a few days. Personally, I never imagined teaching the rest of the school year virtually from home. Students and teachers alike ventured into a new world of learning. People all around us lost jobs or their jobs were put “on hold” until this pandemic left us. Every day we stopped what we were doing to hear the updates of number of new cases, new deaths and how we were doing overall. There were times that we lost faith that we would ever leave our houses. Grandparents relied on facetime to see their precious babies while weddings and graduations were put on hold or done virtually.

What will the new normal be like?

Originally, I thought I would wait a long time before “entering back into society” but after 100 days that was not the case. We had a small family birthday gathering and experienced the new outside dining with requirements. I now have masks to match many outfits and have sanitizer attached to my handbag which also includes spare gloves. How long will we continue to live like this? Will we ever completely go back to normal?

Most people said they were dealing with staying at home and it was no big deal, but as soon as restrictions were lifted you saw the streets packing up and more traffic on the highway. Just last night sitting outside and dining, I got a renewed sense of life going forward, still praying that there are no setups. Hoping that protesters and rioters will wear masks so that we don’t have a new outbreak. We have lost enough people to Covid-19 and our society is ready to make changes while going back to what makes our lives fulfilling.

As we enter the next phase we will notice businesses that have made it and those that have not. We are apt to patronize businesses we love (restaurants, stores, salons) in hopes that they will come back strong and so will our economy. This new normal has led to more fights among the political parties and many people think this was all planned. Part of me truly believes this was a conspiracy to ruin Trump, but what did we do instead, we ruined our own economy and many people’s lives have been shattered.

Photo by Lukas Sankey

So let’s move into the next phase of recovery with peace in our hearts and not think about fighting each other. Instead let’s make our country great again as a unified society that’s main goal is for its people to lead healthy and prosperous lives. We all want happiness in our lives so let’s never forget the quarantine and all that we missed during those 100 days. I know I will never forget and not take advantage of any wonderful days and experiences again.

Let’s keep using masks and washing our hands, using sanitizer and practicing social distancing so that we never return to that quarantine. God Bless our country!!

Author: egallagher713

I am an elementary educator for over 20 years in grades K through 5. I have been freelance writing for a few years and hope to write a children's book as well as complete my first novel. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to your comments and contributions. As I near retirement I commit myself to Health and Wellness to enhance my life.

3 thoughts on “Entering the Next Phase of the New Normal”

  1. While I do not think a worldwide pandemic was an attempt to “ruin Trump” (I don’t think he needs any help with that), I do agree there will be a new normal now. Hopefully, things will continue to get better from here on out and people continue to make good choices wearing masks and practicing safe social distancing to avoid another wave of the virus.

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  2. It will definitely be a change, but I think people will quickly adapt to this new normal. Seeing everyone wearing masks doesn’t seem as surreal as it did in the beginning, but hopefully people continue to make good decisions to keep everyone safe!

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