There are so many lessons we can take from the coronavirus—and the way that it’s decimated our society. Don’t get me wrong, it’s scary as hell, and changed our lives in ways that will hopefully not be permanent. But the way for me to get through this, and for many others, is to focus on the positive.
On the personal level-my family has been spending so much more time together. I know, double edged sword to some. But spending this time with my kids, getting to see them in a whole new light, is worth every dollar I lose from not being able to work as much. They are so amazing. Spending more time with my husband has made such a difference, it’s really brought us together closer as a family. Yeah, we’ve driven each other a bit more nuts than usual, yeah, I’m teaching first grade (HA!) but it’s amazing.
On the professional level-the relative quiet has provided me time to write more and really get my thoughts together and plans made for me taking over the world…I mean my blogs and other things.
But are there lessons that the coronavirus has taught us so far that we can start instituting right now?
First, if this doesn’t illustrate why we need emergency funds, I don’t know what will. We as a society must get better about preparing for what’s to come, and less time worrying about today. No one is going to come and bail us out. This includes not just an emergency $1,000 fund, but an extended emergency account. Some folks say it should be 3 months—some say 6—the NYS Governor is saying it could take us 9 months to get out of this. 9 MONTHS PEOPLE!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT ready for 1 month…let alone 9. But holy rusted metal, this has really taken a turn and shown me the light. I’m not holding myself out to be a holier-than-thou doing the best ever type person, cause guess what guys? I’m in the same situation as most Americans! But this is my rallying cry that we must be better!
Second, look at what you usually spend money on, and look at what you’re spending money on today. We don’t need most of the crap we have. I hate to sound minimalist here, but the reality of the situation is, we’re not using our resources well here. What do we really need? Things we are actually going to use—clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, things that we NEED to combat this disease and others like it. Do you know what I’m not using right now? Handbags (which I have spent a terrible amount of money on through the years) or shoes. When it comes down to it, I’ve been spending a ton of money, on the wrong stuff. My kids are playing with the same 5/10 toys that they always play with. Sure, my son got a new game for his Nintendo Switch, but he’s downstairs playing old school Nintendo games with my husband.
Third, and my biggest point of all, I will lose money in this process, just like everyone else, but I will (and you will, and our country will) come through stronger and more resilient. We will be shaped and molded into something else when this is all over—but God willing, we will be healthy—which is the one thing that we can’t earn back. We will be together. We will have an appreciation for others around us, for those who are stocking the shelves in our local supermarkets, for those who are not home with their families right now but driving big rigs to ensure that those supermarkets have items on the shelves, for those exposing themselves to this virus to try to help those who are sick, and for everyone else who isn’t sitting at home in their day pajamas writing a post online—I thank you.
I know sitting at home in my day pajamas (at least they’re not the night ones) isn’t the most fun that we could be having right now—but it’s the safest thing we can be doing for our fellow man. In a few months, I look forward to seeing all we have become and all we’ve learned. I pledge that we, here at Money Sweetheart, will be looking for ideas to share, and looking to be our best versions of us over the new few months—and to keep that focus going to ensure we support you too!