On Life After the Vaccine, Vol. 4

I’ve been going out and gradually doing more lately and as I’ve done that, I’ve noticed something…there’s an overall sense of kindness and niceness that people seem to have. I noticed it at Starbucks and then Trader Joes and as a prime example, I went to Costco today where pre-COVID, people would run you over with their carts, the parking lot was a free-for-all, it was every human for themselves. I can’t even imagine what it was like when there was a toilet paper shortage. But when I went today, people were nice to me all over the place. People were moving out the way for me to get through, someone patiently waited for me to pull out of my parking spot instead of just walking behind my car. I tried to pay it forward and let the guys behind me in line go ahead of me because they only had a few things.

Maybe it was just a coincidence, but I like to think we all feel like we went through it this last year and we want to be just a little bit nicer to each other. I know personally I’ve never been more happy to be around complete strangers, something I definitely did not feel before this last year happened. If anything good came out of this whole experience, it’s that I’m trying a lot harder to be nice to everyone I come in contact with, no matter what may be going on internally. I’m also not as quick to anger about things I used to get so peeved about because I realize it’s just pointless. There are way more important things to focus on now. I’m lucky to be here and to be alive and to be able to do all the things I had to put on hold for a year.

I don’t know if this kindness cloud will last as things go back to some kind of normal but I hope I can maintain some level of it on my own, and I hope I can look for it and find it wherever it may be.

Happy weekend ❤

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