How are South Floridians coping with life’s milestones, social living, and maintaining good mental health during the coronavirus pandemic?
The coronavirus outbreak put life as we know it at a standstill for a time. Months later, as we are still struggling to cope with the changes imposed by the virus, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our old way of living is no more.
Many of us have already had to make major sacrifices. Between the changes to our daily routines, work-life, social life, and more, we’ve been forced to drastically alter the way we live and interact. And with no end in sight, it’s impossible to determine when, if ever, we are able to return to how things were.
As we think of the many ways in which coronavirus has already disrupted our lifestyles and how it will continue to be a major burden, we are turning to our community for advice and guidance.
- How have you been coping with these sudden and drastic changes?
- How has this reduced your quality of living?
- How do you feel about the news media’s coverage of the pandemic?
- How do you think our community should be responding today?
- What are our next steps to getting back to normal?
- Are we ready to implement these next steps or should we continue to wait until we curve the rate of infection?
My Personal Experience
To start the conversation, I’d like to share some personal experiences on how the coronavirus has impacted my lifestyle and other ways in which it hasn’t.
The first impact I felt was in March. My fiancé (now wife) and I were expected to be married in Italy on May 10, 2020. Deposits were paid, flights were booked, invitations sent, and then Italy shut down. Our wedding was canceled and no deposits were refunded nor were we given an alternative. We simply had to wait it out while our money hung in limbo.
Next came a death in the family and then another. The medical reports claim this was coronavirus related but we aren’t too sure. Seems like it was just an easy way of doing the paperwork. At any rate, we had to wait months before we could hold a ceremony. The emotional burden this left on my wife’s side of the family was tremendous.
When social distancing and quarantine guidelines were imposed countywide, my wife’s businesses had to temporarily close. Her family owns and operates hair salons. Though they have reopened, business has shrunk immensely and the daily tasks that need to be carried out to maintain a safe working environment for guests and employees have added a major workload. And all in the wake of reduced business.
My job remained largely unaffected. Though business was impacted, we were able to continue working. This was a blessing and still is. I honestly, can’t express how fortunate we are to continue doing what we love day in and day out while others are not so lucky.
In short, my family and I have had to make sacrifices and compromises, but have also been extremely fortunate that our lifestyles were not totally interrupted. We remain healthy and employed. Not much more we can ask for.
If you’d like to share your personal experiences over these last few months, comment below. We’d like to hear all the ways you’ve adapted to current affairs.