• Charles Cherney

109: Pandemic Life


This coming week we will cross the one-year mark of living through the Covid-19 pandemic.


Our last trip was to Florida in December 2019. That seems like several lifetimes ago.


I am grateful that my family is healthy.


I am grateful that I am still gainfully employed. Like many real estate agents, I am busier than ever.


Pandemic Life:

I now walk more than I drive.

We get our groceries delivered.

I now work from home.

I am reading more.

I am writing more.

I started a YouTube Channel.

I am listening to more music, mostly country and folk.

I am watching more PGA golf and NHL hockey.

I got an Xbox Series X (my first gaming console in over 40 years) and started racing on Dirty Rally 2.0.


Just before the pandemic, I read Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search For Meaning (1946), which chronicles his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. I have thought about Frankl's book many times during the pandemic. What he lived through – and so many did not – is harrowing.


Yes, pandemic life is challenging.

I miss seeing people.

I miss dining out.

I miss traveling.

Lucky me.


This, too, shall pass. Everything does. Including each of us!


I am so much more grateful now for certain basic realities.


The pandemic has afforded me the opportunity to be a better version of myself.


Opportunity seized.


More time without inputs.


More time to marvel at everyday magic:

- The sound of the wind in the trees.

- The sight of fresh fallen snow.

- The heat of the sun after several days without seeing it.


More gratitude.


Thankful.


Taking very little for granted.