In March, the world went through quite a few changes. Businesses closed, schools were moved to online and people were recommended to stay home. While you might be feeling cooped up, or miss your loved ones, there are some benefits to staying inside.
It’s been good for the planet. People aren’t on the roads as much so the air is less polluted. Ferries are gone, so dolphins are swimming closer to shore. The canals in Venice are clearing up. The quarantine is necessary for us to stay healthy, and as it turns out, the Earth is getting to be healthy too.
It’s helped businesses and schools realize they can function online. People who can’t attend school or work certain jobs because of mental health or physical restraints will have better opportunities now, as establishments realize things can be done remotely.
This gives us all a chance to better ourselves. Whether it’s a skill you haven’t learned or a book you haven’t had time to read, you have time now. Maybe there’s a loved one or someone you’ve become distant to. You have time now to reach out to them.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to repaint your bathroom or declutter your hallway closet. This is the time to do things you’ve put off because you’ve never had the time.
Finally, when we get out of quarantine, we will cherish the things and people we took for granted before. Whether it’s eating out at a restaurant or getting to see your friends, we will appreciate them a lot more now that we didn’t have them. It’s true: you never know a good thing until it’s gone. Now we know just how good we have it.