Struggling to Get Used to a (Temporary) New Normal?


When I look at how much our lives have changed in just a few short weeks, I wonder if we’re facing some sort of new normal.

I hate the phrase new normal.

More on that in a moment. First, I offer an apology to my loyal readers. I realize I’m doing a lousy job this week of making my own posting schedule.

I try to have my daily post up by about 9 a.m. This week, that hasn’t happened.

It has been a long week.

Actually, I’d call it a long month.

In my “real job,” I manage a television news website. I write content, I copyedit others’ content and I curate content from sister stations and networks we’re affiliated with. That’s actually only part of it, but that’s more than enough to give you an idea of what my month has been like.

Add to that the fact that there was a sudden staffing change that we’re still adjusting for.

And then COVID-19 came along. Schools closed. Colleges closed. Restaurant dining rooms closed. Businesses (at least some of them) shut down.

And for reasons I have yet to figure out, there’s no toilet paper to be found. (Well, at least not at most grocery stores. I have plenty. When you have IBS, toilet paper is something you make sure you have plenty of.

But the streets are largely empty. I’m told downtown Charleston looks almost like a ghost town, but I don’t have any desire to venture out to see that for myself.

We are told to practice “social distancing” while we wash our hands constantly.

I’m very blessed to be able to do my work from home. Thank you, technology.

But I can’t help but wonder if we’re getting a taste of some horrible future we don’t want to think about. What if the annual flu season brings along something terrible like COVID-19 more often? What if we are going to face something like this pandemic every few years?

Can you imagine how much that would change society?

If you’re like me, you probably would rather not try.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.