Sadly, COVID-19 isn’t going away any time soon, no matter how much we crave to return to “normal.” Yet, despite the virus, society is beginning to cautiously “open up” again. As it does, we’ve been thinking about which elements of the “new normal” we might want to maintain.
We have noticed a rejuvenated spirit of caring during this health crisis. Make no mistake about it, throughout our illustrious history, when times have gotten tough, the people of Hudson County have risen to the challenge. This pandemic is no exception! People across the county started thinking about what they can do to help others. Volunteerism became commonplace. Neighbors offered to deliver groceries and help those at greater risk of catching the virus. The selfless spirit of giving seems stronger and more widespread these days. Each act of kindness is an inspiration.
Home life” has changed. With schools closed to avoid the spread of the virus, many parents are spending more quality time with their children. Additionally, with restaurants closed, there is now an opportunity to cook meals at home and eat at the family table.
Greater emphasis has been placed on keeping healthy. Limited recreational facilities have encouraged folks to take a stroll or ride bikes on the neighborhood streets. Fresh air and exercise help lift the spirit while strengthening the body. People are paying more attention to cleanliness and hand-washing – habits worth keeping when we return to normalcy.
Life has slowed down a bit. As COVID-19 passes, life will certainly speed up once again. But, we can decide to continue some of the more positive attitudes of the new normal – those attitudes which have sustained hope during these depressed times. It is up to us to work together to shape a better future normal.
John Di Genio and Albert J. Cupo