What GW Lessons Have You Learned From The Pandemic?
I'm going to restart doing blog posts to the main page next Wednesday and wanted to begin with a look at what lessons I've learned from this pandemic.
The first new post is going to discuss, How did the things we talked about here on Green Wizards help and where did it not help you, during the recent health crisis?
First, for me initially, I realized I had neglected my deep pantry and emergency supplies. Once I became aware that we were facing a crisis, I noticed I had some holes in my preparations. Not as bad as it could have been, if I hadn't thought about the collapse but still, my specific pandemic supplies, like masks and cleaners wasn't very good. I was though, due to things we've discussed here, able to ramp up quickly.
I was able too, to talk to people in a calm manner, recommending them to take some basic precautions. Most people didn't, but a few did, and the ones who hadn't, realized sooner than the public that it was happening.
Second, I found out that I didn't have the news sources that I should have organized in case of an emergency. I think its a big plus, to take a bit of time every day and read beyond the limited few news sources you find on your homepage. Luckily one of the forums (a financial stock site) I read was a great source of early data. The owner turned out to have a doctorate in virology, and the other members of the forum had day jobs like doctor, nurse or scientist. I was able to take the information they were posting and slot it into my preparation planning. Having thought of a collapse situation previously, though not specifically a pandemic, kept me from panicking.
Third, never order equipment on Amazon at one in the morning. I did that a couple of times, hitting the "order" button when I should have held off. I like to think we here, view the Collapse as something that will unfold over a long period of time. So having a little patience is a good thing. That said, even in the few cases where I over ordered (anyone need a 3m half face mask?), I figure I'll either use it eventually or can trade it later in the Fall. Unfortunately I don't think this pandemic is going to be over soon.
Forth, Green Wizards teaches a sense of community, to watch out for those beyond your immediate family and friends. I work with a local animal shelter, volunteering as a foster, and I put away supplies that I figured would be needed to keep that organization safe, like extra N95 masks and gloves. I was able to step in and supply them with stuff after supplies had disappeared to the public. It also helped that I knew some alternative suppliers.
Fifth, I realized about 3 months into this when I discovered none of my blue jeans fit any more (I gained about 30 pound!), I had seriously neglected my health. That more than anything I believe pointed to a hole in my mindset. Green Wizards taught me better, I should follow it. I can say that over the last two months, I'm eating better, cut out alcohol completely and I'm getting a few long walks in a week. Next is to get it to be a daily habit.
I'll probably think of a few more, but what did you learn about yourself during this crisis?