The world is in a revolutionary place. I wrote a little about my life since quarantine began last week in my July Notes. Today I want to share more about how my life has changed, from shopping to socializing. I shared a day in my life Phase 4 Re-Opening Post Covid-19 on my YouTube channel. You can watch the video below. As of right now, Chicago has regressed just a little to what I think is stage 3.
So much has changed. I no longer go into the office each day. I never thought I could work from home. I always thought it would be too difficult and I wouldn’t be productive. Quarantine proved me WRONG. I get so much done and I”m so much happier. I miss my work friends but I don’t miss going to the office. This whole experience has taught me a lot about my work life and my capabilities.
Shopping has CHANGED. Honestly, a lot of stores are much more civilized. It’s a breath of fresh air at some of these places. Trader Joe’s & Costco are by far some of the most civilized stores to shop at. I went to HomeGoods & Marshall’s a few weeks ago and there wasn’t a lot of products. The lines were long and the experience was a little stressful. Social distancing was tough but no something that couldn’t have been done. I’m still hunger games hunting for my home products like tissue and cleaning wipes. It feels good to be outside and back in stores other than the grocery store. I appreciate it.
Eating out can be a challenge. I’ve never liked eating outdoors. The bugs and heat aren’t ideal for me. Eating indoors isn’t bad. I found things are socially distanced. Depending on who you’re with they may feel uncomfortable eating indoors. Most people feel very uncomfortable eating indoors. For me, it just feels good to eat out at a restaurant again.. This is the one thing I’ve missed the most. I’m so grateful to go to restaurants. I also recommend you tip nothing less than 20%. A lot of people have been out of work and they’re risking their lives to provide you a good restaurant experience.
I’ve been tested twice for Covid-19 and it’s been negative. I’m super nervous about getting the disease because I’ve known people who’ve lost loved ones. I’ve heard a first-hand account of someone I know who’s had it. It was ugly. I’m taking it seriously. I don’t want to infect anyone and so I’m being cautious. I’m fully awaiting a regression to stage 2 if not 1. Until then, I’m going to social distance, wear a mask, work on my patience, and be grateful. Keep that in mind, gratitude and kindness go along way.