Updated: Apr 23, 2021
A New Normal
When the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, embedded itself into our public consciousness as being a real threat to us along with the rest of the world, it took most of us by surprise. Yes, we had all heard extensive coverage in the news about China, where it is said to have originated, cruise ships, unwittingly used to transport it to our shores, and Italy, where it was devastating an entire country. Yet, we still tried to retain a sense of normalcy about it all. At least I did.
Having suddenly lost my father to a long-term illness, although expected, my mind was still trying to cope with my own private new normal, which still didn’t seem real. So, this didn’t seem too real either. Until I got up and went to the gym on Monday, March 16, 2020. And found a half-empty studio. Even at 5:00 a.m., people showed up for their workouts like clockwork. Not today.