COVID 19 - There's a Silver Lining. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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COVID 19 - There's a Silver Lining.

Now, hear me out... and I do not want this to drift into hand wringing, fearful discussion, or crapping on America or politics. That's neither here nor there. C19 is real, it's here, it's global, it's time to roll up sleeves not panic.

Onward.

Here's the discussion I'd like to have, or the idea to express.

There will be good come of this.

People are reconnecting with their families. They're learning to cook, or knocking the rust off their skills. They're planting Victory Gardens. They're challenging HOAs by tearing out moisture and resource consuming lawns and planing food. They're growing more interested in back yard chickens. They're reading books. Writing stories and music and poetry. They're painting.

I know a lot of women who say: I love this. I'm home with my kids, I WANT to cook because I'm not run ragged from work and taking the kids to dance, piano, soccer, softball every day of the week. People are learning to stop and breathe, rather than pack their schedules full.

Celebrities aren't getting the attention they're used to, and people are realizing what frauds some of them are. Late night tv hosts aren't funny at all without the laugh tracks and the audience reactions... and yet there are common people sitting in their living rooms, playing a dusted-off guitar and singing together... and they're GOOD. They aren't auto tuned - they're honest, they're genuine, they are authentic.

The veneer of western cultures and societies has been ripped off. We're seeing the worst of some people (Tattle tales that are bawling people out on social media for leaving their house, doxing neighbors for it, and calling 911 to report joggers, toilet paper hoarders, people lying to others about having symptoms and still leaving home).

But we're also getting see the BEST of us and I hope we see more of it, and I hope lasting changes come to us. I hope we appreciate life more after this.


What good has come of it for YOU, fellow HF people?

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."
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post #2 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 06:08 PM
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I get 2-3 hours of my life back per day because I don't have to drive my son to/from highschool in the 'city'.
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post #3 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 06:42 PM
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I'm not exhausted from work; I've been able to draw and, in time, will start painting again; and, there's areas of my garden I'm planning on redesigning.

It's nice to do everything at a leisurely pace, rather than racing through chores and work, so that i can have an hour doing something i actually enjoy!

I've met many new people from my neighbourhood as everyone is out exercising and, some I haven't spoken to in years, reconnected with offers of help. One of many offers of help from groups and individuals.

Despite being thousands of miles apart, it's been nice to see just how close the HF community really is.
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post #4 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 06:57 PM
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I really appreciate how friendly people are, when I'm out for a walk. We all 'dodge' each other in passing, but always say hi and a few cheerful words.


And, I'm getting a lot of painting done.
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post #5 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 07:09 PM
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Iíve dyed my own hair for the first time ever and itís still all there and itís not green so Iím chuffed.
In an unrelated event, husband offered to let me have his favorite baseball cap.

I made bread for the first time ever. Itís so hard that we are saving it to use as a weapon should it go full Zombie nation. Iíll try again tomorrow. Weíll either end up with one more weapon or with something we can actually eat so it will be a win-win.
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post #6 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 07:48 PM
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Well, things aren't all roses for me - I am home with the kids (well, teens) and teachers have sent work for us to do with them. The problem is that I still have to work full-time from home while husband goes into town for work. So it's me trying to get some work done grading papers online, teaching remotely, attending Zoom meetings with university administrators while trying to keep my two teenagers from killing each other and figuring out how I'm supposed to teach 11th grade IB physics. I'm as busy as I ever was. I just finished working about half an hour ago (it's almost 9 pm here).

BUT... since I created a schedule for my kids (with their input), I have to stick to it as much as possible too. This means making time to stop working on a screen and exercise, go outside, do yoga. My daughter is spending more time at the barn helping with the horses. I am teaching her all kinds of things (she actually told me the other day "You know, you're kind of smart mom - you always save the day!"). Coming from a very strong and independent 15 year old, that sure was nice to hear! My son is making maple syrup while my husband is out at work. I'm getting to know my two teenagers better than ever before. Overall, people have been great. Neighbors are checking in on each other, my students are suddenly far more caring and compassionate - and for the first time in 22 years of university teaching, I find myself caring so much more and choosing to marvel at the fact that my students are still trying, even if it's just a little bit, to do well in my class in the middle of a pandemic.

Over the years, I've become a homebody, so no travel is fine by me. No people, also fine. And as hard as it is sometimes to live with my two teenagers 24/7, the alternative would be so much worse. Being cut off from them would be unbearable. Speaking of which... I need to call my mom!
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post #7 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 08:14 PM
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This is a nice thread and glad folks are finding good things. Wish I had something to add, but I don't.
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post #8 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 08:23 PM
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I'm finding more time to spend with my horse! And I've realized what I've always suspected........I am perfectly happy spending nearly all my time at home.


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post #9 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 09:40 PM
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@Acadianartist , no boredom and extra time here either, as I still work full time (at home until DH comes home from work and I head out) and getting schoolwork for my 2nd and 4th grader done Somehow the kiddos rather play than work and need supervision

But I really appreciate actually seeing the kids more than just an hour in the morning and a little more at night.

Aaaand seeing our 7 year old DD having a (surprise) skype playdate with her best friend. Their happy smiles were SO great to see
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post #10 of 52 Old 04-06-2020, 11:50 PM
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Being an essential worker, I'm still out there. For the most part, people have been much nicer than usual. They thank me and my co-workers for being on the "front lines" and it makes us feel appreciated.

To keep the morale in my store up I love to sing songs (quite loudly) and just today I was singing "Sweet Caroline" from the back of the store and when I got to the"bah bah bah" part I had co-workers as well as customers join in! It was an awesome moment that for just a moment, eased the stress.

As for myself, I've picked up a few different books and started working more on my garden for this coming year. Horses are getting a lot of ground work done as well!
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