We are all standing by waiting for a cure and vaccine for a virus that has caused a global pandemic. The past year has most definitely been one of the most interesting years we may ever experience in our lifetimes, and hopefully the only year in our lifetimes that we experience something like this. As efforts continue to produce a way for us to get back to normal, or find a new normal, we can find our paths to continue to make the most of our current and next social challenges.
There have been many challenges we have accepted and learned ways to overcome in 2020 and we can expect the new year to bring about new challenges as the expectation of a vaccine and returning to some degree of normality persists. Just as the process of learning procedures we needed to execute to cope with COVID-19 in 2020 took time, learning new actions we can take to stay safe during 2021 will have it's own set of challenges as well.
What we can do, while we are awaiting the tools to help eradicate the virus that has caused this pandemic, is start to make a conscious effort to make individual plans for our family and friends to keep our loved ones and the people around us safe. Continuing to be proactive about our intentions can help us achieve our goals in regards to our health and safety. What that means for you and me is very different, but putting mental power to it is the key.
For those of us who learned how to progress and operate efficiently while working from our makeshift home offices, we will probably start to face everyday obstacles that we haven't thought about in months. This may be especially true of our travel from our homes to the workplace. Whether you drive, walk, bike, or take public transportation to get to your workplace, you will likely be in close contact with many other members of the public. Taking social distancing considerations into concern may prove to be a difficult task. Planning out your travel in advance is probably not something you thought about before the pandemic. However, making the effort to building a strategy for keeping yourself and the public around you safe during your short trip should probably be on your 2021 to-do list.
Some of us have not had the opportunity to make space in our homes for the daily grind. Many industries cannot operate remotely and require workers to be onsite. You may have even had to travel further on a day to day basis or for extended periods due to the circumstances that have come about. There is not really any hard knowledge of what the new normal will look like or how we plan to achieve it, but really taking some time to figure out what impact we can make on how to proceed will not only be beneficial for yourself but the entire global population.
Please stay safe out there my friends and keep thinking about what challenges we may face in the coming months and how to overcome them.