It is May 24th, 2020 at the time of this writing. The world around us has literally been shut down in a quarantine since March. The state I live in, Tennessee, opened up April 27th, and the city of Nashville, where I live, just opened up with phase one on May 11th, and phase two should happen tomorrow on Memorial Day.
I thought when my husband, Robert had his stroke in November 2018, and we struggled for a month to get him home and back to a more normal route, that life would be different, it was. After his stroke, I revamped my real estate career to become a “concierge real estate agent”. For my clients and customers this means a more personal touch and totally hands on service.
I enrolled back at Trevecca Nazarene University in June of 2019. They let me transfer all my old credits when I had attended in 1977-1979. A year later I am still going strong, I made the Dean’s list already once, and will graduate with my B.A. next year in Management and Leadership. Last fall I did an internship at Metro Historical Commission, I learned so much and really loved my time there. This year, my extra credits have been in FEMA classes online. Such an eye opening experience, especially during this pandemic where FEMA has been playing an important role on testing and helping the states with their variety of needs.
I think all of us are experiencing the feeling of how is our life going to change now that we are trying to reenter our “new normal”. For me, it is a reboot of an already reinventing myself last year, to thinking about what needs to be done to adjust to this new world. We all will figure it out, most of us already have started just living our lives again. All of us will have to start over in some capacity, this pandemic ruined the world we knew, and for better or worst, it has forced a reboot for all of us. My hope is that the plans to restart our country, our state and our town works, and that we return to feeling human again. For some of us, the quarantine gave us time to bond with family, for others, it created a true sense of loneliness. We need to be sensitive to those around us, be kind to one another, realize that we had a great economy before the quarantine and we will get back to it again. We will rebound stronger than before. The new technological advantages we evolved to during the pandemic, teleconferencing for medical services, on line closings and classes, many things we had to do to keep functioning during the pandemic, will be modified and used for the future of our new work world. Look for more people working and studying from home. Look for more freedoms and adjustments to our schedules to blend work with life. I see a whole new 21st century world if we are ready for it. Let’s take the lessons we have learned while in quarantine, and build a better world from it. Use the innovations and the think time to create something new.
After thirty-seven years in real estate, I had thought I had seen it all, but this is a whole new way of showing real estate, keeping the safety and security of my clients and customers in the forefront. We will figure it out together.