Thoughts from a former Marine.


Using the term aftermath seems like we are getting ahead of ourselves? The masses seem like they are still in the stage of denial of the changes that will forever be present. There has been a change in how, we as citizens, start to question the stances that once defined us, some of which are an all too familiar thing. There are several questions I find myself asking; Where is the economy going and will it be able to recover? How are we preparing for the inevitable increase in unemployment? How are we, as a country, preparing to handle this situation when it comes again? Does the government have the people’s best interest in mind? Asking questions like these provides opportunity to open dialog for critical thinking, however, the trust needed to effectively reach a productive conversation is jaded by emotion.

Some of the outcomes due to COVID-19 can be perceived as positive, depending on the individual. In the business community, they are allowing people to continue to stay home and work rather than working in a standard commercial building. Mothers and fathers are present for new relationship bonds in the pivotal moments with newborns. People are taking the time to educate themselves and learn a new skill to make them more compatible in the workforce. However, I believe there has been a shift in how the American people prepare for survival in an unknown emergency, but was it for the better?

There are somethings that we can take away from this situation as we continue to move forward towards complete freedom. Find a way to prioritize your needs before wants, in order to avoid situations of desperation. Try to find enjoyment with the increased time that you have been given willingly or unwillingly. And be open and willing to have the tough conversations, regardless of your stance, to have a better understanding of other people and reach a common goal.

The COVID-19 virus, that has changed the lives of billions of people will pass and leave behind a, possibly unseen, footprint. What a weird time to be alive.