I hope after this time has passed, after the restrictions are lifted and we can venture out into the world again, I hope that we have learnt the art of appreciation.
I hope that we feel lucky when we sit down in a cafe across the table from our friends and enjoy a chat, a coffee and a cake. I hope we delight in our pubs, our theatres, our shops. I hope we realise that people fought to be able to re-open those businesses.
I hope we never again take for granted a hug from a loved one, or a random chat with a stranger. I hope we remember the lessons that we learned while the world stopped.
I don’t know whether we will or not, but I do hope. For this period of time has bought suffering to many. Suffering from loss, from grief, from mental health, anxiety, stress, depression. And it would seem so sad, if all the suffering did not accomplish anything. If there were no lessons that we learnt. If all that grief was simply in vain.
I hope we have learnt the art of gratitude, the value of appreciation. I hope we will enjoy our lives again and feel blessed to be allowed such liberties as walking into crowded cafes. I hope we remember the lessons we learned on those long lonely days.
It’s easy at the time to swear that we will remember to be grateful, but it is so easy to slip back into our old disgruntled ways. So remember to be grateful. Be grateful for the time you are having, some people would give anything to be to have that time. And when we are allowed out and about again, remember to be grateful for the luxuries of our world, the laughter of friends, the hugs from our loves. Remember appreciation.