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  1. bosssybabe says

    What a great post and great topic…i really don’t want to give up work-life balance in the form of working from home… I have been able to do 30% wfh and I hope work continues to be flexible after the pandemic!

    Never want to give up my alone time!! 🙂

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks Bossy Babe! Gosh the flexibility we got was brilliant… we’re also on a similar split but it is slowly being phased out. Hope you can hold onto yours longer!

  2. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    This is very thought-provoking, Shelly. I agree that there are things we should continue post-pandemic. Although we’re all a bit tired of it at the moment, just spending time at home with nothing scheduled is something we should prioritize. And, limiting shopping and supermarket trips is another.

    Finally, I’d love to see us show more respect to the unsung group of essential wokers who kept us fed during this time. People have been lavishing well-deserved praise and thanks on our health care workers. But, what about the supermarket workers and fast-food workers? They put themselves at risk too, but they have to scrape by on minimum wage and suffer all kinds of abuse from customers. Let’s be kind and respect anyone who’s putting in an honest day’s work!

    • Shelly DS says

      You raise such an important point! To be honest, I did think of the other front-liners but got lost in the buzz of songs for the medical staff. It’s sad to think that they willingly (or by necessity) stepped up and did what we wouldn’t, and yet they don’t get an ounce of recognition.
      Thanks for reading and opening my eyes!

      • Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

        I think I am more aware of it because my daughter has worked pretty much full-time at McDonald’s for the past 15 months while keeping up with her school work. Our supermarkets increased wages for their staff during the pandemic but most millionaire fast-food franchisees did nothing.

  3. vaniheart says

    very well written post 👏👏👏 inspite of all the cribbing , there are certain things which we must be thankful for and you listed them perfectly 😀
    I don’t wanna lose the self care and self awareness I gained !!,

  4. Dacia says

    The level of disrespect that people showed during the last year and a half is so sad. We should definitely be better than that, we can respect people and still disagree.
    Along with healthy living, we need to listen to our bodies. We don’t need to freak out if we get sick (like we might’ve done for fear of having Covid) but we do need to let our bodies rest and give our immune system the help and support it needs.

  5. petespringerauthor says

    Right on with this entire post! It’s hard to think of too many positives during a pandemic, but one was that my three older brothers and I talked more. We’ve always gotten along well, but pure distance prevents us from seeing each other often. We started a monthly Zoom call, and I’m pretty sure we’ll continue that. Since my gym closed (it just reopened a month ago), I started walking everyday. I won’t keep doing it that often, but I’m not giving it up either. I found that is where I do some of my best thinking.

    • Shelly DS says

      Oh wow look at that! It’s amazing that something that forced us to “social distance” brought you closer to your brothers! As for the walking, do try and keep it up. If it was important during the pandemic, it’s still important now 😉

  6. samsahana says

    This is an interesting theme and it’s so well done. It reminds me to embrace the good things every bad (or rather, hard) situation brings. Alone time is something we got so much of and it has made me understand myself a lot better. After all, you need to get to know the person who’s been with you from the time you became an embryo till the time you leave the world 😉 Thankful to the life lessons pandemic taught us. Kudos to your wonderful post!

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for reading! 💖
      I like how you said we need to know the person that has been with us from the beginning. I see it in a slightly different way, because this person is forever changing, so we need to meet and have quality time with ourselves over and over! 😅

  7. nirajshah2003 says

    Kindness is something we should certainly keep, and I really hope that one of the good things of this pandemic is that we are more kind to others! Alone time is also so valuable!

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