Getting used to the ‘new normal’

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 25/03/2022 (191 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I know that life has to return to some sort of normalcy because we all know that the last two years have been far from normal. Our lives have been disrupted on many levels. From how and where we work to how and where we play.

I have spent the better part of the last two years working from home, rarely going into the office. My laptop is my lifeline. It is how I work, connect with my colleagues and meet others. It is my phone, my meeting place and my workplace. All this to say, my laptop and I are practically attached at the hip. No, let me rephrase that, we are attached at the hip — there is no maybe about it.

The funny thing is that prior to March 2020, I could often be heard saying that I would like to work from home. There is a lesson in there — you have to be careful what you wish for!

Correspondent Debbie Ristimaki notes that she and her laptop computer have become ‘joined at the hip’ since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

We were in Mexico just as the world was closing down and have not travelled since. A trip out to the Half Moon Drive In in Lockport does not count.

There have been no family get togethers nor celebrations but I did manage to join others in a couple of birthday drive-by parades for children in the area.

Life being what it is, loss didn’t take a break. I didn’t get to say goodbye nor share words with grieving loved ones. Funerals were live streamed over Zoom, which felt surreal. It was almost like going to a movie where you sit in a dark theatre observing actors deal with grief and an assortment of emotions on the big screen. The difference was that I knew the actors.

Here we are in 2022. Two years older — and I would hope to think wiser but in many ways, I am not so sure. The pandemic has changed us, it has separated and divided us in ways I could never have imagined. And that makes me sad.

On a positive note, it has reminded me of what is truly important in life – family, friends, finding joy and being grateful for what I have been given.

I don’t like the term ‘new normal’ but that is where we now find ourselves as our lives continue to evolve.

I guess that I had better get used to it.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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