What has this pandemic taught you?

posted 2 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 61
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1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

This pandemic has reaffirmed to me that I love my husband so much and we are a really great team, despite so many people doubting us for marrying at 21. 

I’ve realized I’m much more introverted than I originally thought. Not being invited or pressured to go to social events multiple times a week has made me really happy and lowered my stress. I think I need to say no to these invites more often in the future. 

I did a rework of our finances and found we can have two student loans paid off by September and will likely have a down payment for a house saved early next year, even with being down an income. That was really exciting for us.

This, along with other things, has taught me my sister is more of a toxic person in my life than I ever realized. She’s put me down many times and manipulated me into doing what she wants through guilt. There’s definitely things that I can improve on on my end, and I haven’t handled recent situations as well as I should have, but not being constantly judged by her (due to not on speaking terms at the moment) for simply enjoying my life in very different ways than her has been a bit of a relief. I still want a relationship with her, especially since she’s been going through a very tough time and is likely behind some her lashing out recently, but I’m going to allow myself to not feel so guilty for saying ‘no’ to her going forward.

Lastly, husband and I were definitely spending money on things we didn’t really need. Me more so than him. So I’m going to work on better spending habits, especially with our new financial goals I want to achieve.

Post # 62
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2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The biggest thing I have realized is just how important it is to not have debt, to have a written budget, and to have an emergency savings. 

Post # 63
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1764 posts
Buzzing bee

How valuable it is and always will be to be able to grow our own food and make our own things.  I have friends who have taken up small farming for fun, practicality and health reasons (years before covid).  This is in addition to their full-time career.  I think this is a brilliant idea.  Self sufficiency is underrated.

Post # 65
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147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

The area I live in is full of very reasonable people and I am glad I was born and raised here. 

The internet is ESSENTIAL for modern society. 

My Fiance and I can be around each other all day, every day, for weeks on end and still not annoy or bore each other. We are lucky to have found each other. 

Life goes on. 

Post # 66
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2530 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

1. My life hasn’t changed much – I am an introvert who’s a homebody 

2. My husband and I get along great spending lots of time together 

3. People are selfish 

Post # 67
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993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Oh, also it’s taught me that some of my family members are just truly careless, thoughtless people. It’s easy to write off signs of that in normal times as “oh, they’re just different then me religiously/politically”, but when they spend 2 months name calling, throwing tantrums on social media, and directly endangering people (including their own children)…it’s hard to come back from that. Let’s just say that one silver lining of the expected second wave is that I won’t have to see their faces at the holidays. 

Post # 69
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3718 posts
Sugar bee

The other thing I have learned this week mainly (probably because certain states are starting to open up), is that people love to tell everyone what they should and should not be comfortable doing.

As long as someone is following the rules, I don’t think anyone should shame someone for wanting to get out and stimulate the economy.

 

Post # 71
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1587 posts
Bumble bee
  1. I’m a surprisingly good cook
  2. I don’t need nearly as much stuff as I thought I did
  3. And, confirmed that people are incredibly stupid and selfish
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