It’s been about a year now since the world was set on fire. I mean, I guess I would argue that it was starting on this path of wildfire years ago, but this is when the dumpster fire first started. Schools started to close. Panic shopping started to be a thing. I remember at the beginning of this, when they said, “This will require everyone to work together to get through” my immediate thought was that we were screwed. We have to rely on other people to do the right thing and we can just be done with this? This will be Walking Dead by the end of the year.
It’s been a year, hasn’t it? Here’s what I’ve learned during that time.
- When you rely on a community to come together and they do, magic happens. The schools came together to make sure the community was fed. Groups made food boxes for families hit hardest by the pandemic. It was incredible to see and gave me just a little bit of faith that humanity wasn’t too far gone quite yet.
- Also, when you rely on a community to come together, you’re going to be very disappointed. “Masks kill!” runs rampant, preventing people from doing the very basic thing for themselves and their community to keep everyone safe. Then, a virus becomes a full-blown pandemic that kills over 530,000 people just in America alone.
- Stupidity does reign supreme and you just need a few idiots to ruin everything.
- Logic is not people’s friend; nor are facts and science.
- We can’t trust those in power to protect us because they don’t care about us.
- Political and ideal divisions will literally kill people.
- This went on far longer than it should have. It wasn’t that hard to just wear masks, people.
- Teachers and nurses deserve far more credit than they get on a regular basis. (I didn’t just learn this because these are 2 professions I’ve always held in very high regard. Just for the time being at least, other people have started to realize that these professions are the backbone of our society.)
- I was right to not go into teaching. I have such little patience for it that I would just lose my mind.
- People are far more selfish than I ever thought that they could be. (See: “It wasn’t that hard to just wear masks, people.)
There are more important lessons that we learned here, far more important than that I learned to make bread and many other great recipes much like everyone else who spent quarantine mastering new cooking skills. The most important lessons should be just how great things can be when we just come together to make things happen. Communities that came together and supported each other through this crisis are the ones that thrived. The most selfish of those communities were hit the hardest. That should have been something that we take away and learn from so that we can become better as a society.
… I don’t have faith that will happen. But I suppose one can hope?
Let’s take what we learned from this year and strive to be better together.