In late 2019 and early 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic was sweeping the globe we began the cycle of shock, anger, depression. This eventually turned into a weary acceptance. Things had changed--a lot- and this is just the way it’s going to be for a while.
By the beginning of 2021, our emotions turned upward and we began to hope that the faint light we saw was the end of the long tunnel. During all of this, we adapted. We adapted as a nation, adapted as communities, and adapted as individuals. Businesses also adapted. Eat-in restaurants turned to curb-service. Video conferencing replaced in-person meetings. Wearing masks in stores and other public places became second nature (well, almost). Plexiglass sold out at hardware stores.
We adapted and life went on. We even conceded that maybe, just maybe, there were some pandemic-driven behaviors that we should hang on to when things ‘get back to normal.’
Now, thanks to a relentless and highly contagious Delta variant of the Coronovirus, we are moonwalking back into the tunnel. And nobody is happy about it. Some of the earlier shock and anger have reappeared. For how long? Is THIS the new normal? Nobody knows, at least not yet.
We were adaptable 18 months ago…are we re-adaptable now?