The shutdowns in response to Covid19 have been almost as impactful as the pandemic itself. Some people might argue that shutting down was more of a shock to our modern lives than the outbreak itself. As we slowly emerge from the first go-round of the disease – the experts predict, quite convincingly, that there will be more. We’ve already seen evidence of how modern society may change. Some things may change immediately, others may take a bit more time, and require a lot more pain before they crystalize.

The big difference that I’ve noticed is an increased appreciation for some things that we’ve generally taken for granted. Of course others may not interpret these observations in the same way that I do.

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Also an appreciation of simple celebrations as opposed to elaborate and expensive parties and functions for adults and kids. How many parents will rejoice at the reduced expense of birthday parties and that pressure to invite more of the child’s friends to pricey theme parties.

And the appreciation of working from home, (virtual) alternatives to the need for travelling to business meetings.

And hopefully, an appreciation for locally built and maintained businesses as opposed to big-box consumerism.

In regards to creativity, and I notice this in myself. I’ve developed more patience and enjoyment for the process rather than a hurried push for results. The joy for me is most often found in spending time on the art versus on the hustle and frustration of expanding platforms and marketing. I think our art should have more focus on self-expression and discovery than on fame and fortune. Let others enjoy our work after we’re gone. We should enjoy being fully immersed in it while we’re here. I’m sensing other creative people are taking this approach. It makes sense. Create as best you can, sell to people who are interested, but get on with your life and your creativity.

Image by Antonius Ntoumas from Pixabay
Image by Antonius Ntoumas from Pixabay

This post originally appeared on Festival of the Arts, edited by Kim Aubrey and Felicity Sidnell Reid.

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