When I was young, you went to Blockbuster on a Friday night to rent a video. You went to the library to research a paper. You listened to your Walk Man on the school bus. You made mixed cassette tapes of your favourite songs from the radio. You talked to your friends from a phone attached to the wall in the kitchen.
You could not imagine a time when you could walk around outside with a phone that also played music and movies and could be used for research.
I know I didn’t.
I also could not imagine a time when many workplaces would become totally remote, schools and businesses would close, and the world would pause for a virus.
But then March 2020 arrived.
There have been many pandemics in history, but none that we have experienced before.
As hard as this period has been, it has also fostered creative solutions, teamwork and family time. It has made us stop and think about the definition of normal and what we want our lives to be like.
While we face this new frontier, try to navigate schools and businesses opening and address what that means for the physical, mental, emotional, and economic health of our society, may we remember that there were times when we couldn’t imagine things changing.
And then they did. Change is the only thing guaranteed in life. May we continue to learn and grow while safely riding the waves of change.