4 Traits That Will Be Essential In The Post Corona World

Tom Stevenson
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It’s hard to look past the immediate crisis that we find ourselves in. The death tolls that come in daily make for harrowing reading. It feels like we have stepped out of reality and onto the set of a Hollywood film.

No one knows how long we will have to live like this. No one knows how long we will have to be confronted with the grim daily news that more and more people have succumbed to the virus.

In a climate such as this, it feels fanciful to look to the future and envision a time when all this over. But, that day will come. Whether it’s sometime this year or next, it will arrive.

When we do emerge from this crisis, the world we re-enter will look very different from the one we left behind. It’s likely many business and jobs will disappear as we try to adjust to some form of normality.

This will affect many millions of people. Very few of us will be able to emerge from this crisis unscathed. My travel blog has seen a huge dip in traffic as a result of travel bans across the globe.

I have no idea whether the levels of traffic to the blog will return, or whether people will decide to travel less. Like many others, I’m in limbo at the moment.

The one thing this lockdown gives us is time. We now have the time to reflect and plan for what will come. When the future is unknown, it pays to prepare yourself for any eventuality.

In an uncertain world, certain traits will be vital to ensure you can stay afloat and succeed. Here are a few I believe will be vital in a post Coronavirus world.

Perseverance

This virus is going to test us all in different ways. We will have to deal with loved ones falling ill. We may lose our jobs and we have to suffer not knowing when it will all be over.

In a situation such as this, it’s easy to slip into depression and bemoan the cards we’ve been dealt. I felt this way when traffic to my blog started to drop when countries went into lockdown.

I had poured five years of life into the blog. Building it up from scratch when only a few people a month were reading my articles to over fifty thousand a month last year.

I was able to quit a mind-numbing office job and become self-employed thanks to my blog. Watching the numbers dry up to a trickle was difficult. The past month has been rough and I have no idea about the future viability of my travel blog.

At one point during March, I told myself what will be, will be. Travel may pick up again, it may not. I will carry on with the blog regardless and diversify if necessary to remain self-employed.

Since then, I have doubled down writing on Medium and I’m in the process of setting up a separate blog. It would have been easy to feel sorry for myself and admit defeat, but I didn’t want to do that.

Times will be difficult, of that there is no doubt. But it’s in times such as these that we need to persevere. Sometimes, that means admitting you need to cut your losses, others, it means carrying on down a path that is fraught with danger, but ultimately rewarding.

No one knows what world we will reemerge into. What we do know is that we when do come out of this, we are all going to have a struggle on our hands to return to some semblance of normality.

What we will need to do most of all in this climate is persevere. Things will be difficult, but they will get better. Carrying on when things look bleak isn’t easy, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Courage

Looking back throughout my thirty years on this planet, I’m struggling to think of an equivalent event that matches the one we’re going through now.

I have had tough moments personally, but this crisis is magnitudes greater than any I have been through before. More so, because it is a collective struggle, not just a personal one.

The only thing I can compare it to, and it’s hardly a comparison, is when I went to live in Australia for a year. This was something I had wanted to do since I graduated from university, but I didn’t do it because I was scared to go alone.

Cycling home from work one night, I was hit by a car. Fortunately, I came away with a few cuts and bruises, but it could have been much worse. This incident made me realise my mortality and how fragile life is.

A few days after the crash, I decided to go to Australia. Life is too short to not take chances and do what you want. It took courage to make that decision, I could have easily stayed at home and worked, but that wasn’t what I wanted.

I was terrified of going to the other side of the planet by myself, but I knew I had to do it. By doing so, I showed myself that I had the courage to make difficult decisions and make hard choices.

This is something we are all going to face in the next few months. We are going to be tested like never before. This situation is going to affect in many different ways.

All we can do is face up to these challenges and meet them head-on. We cannot bury our heads int the sand and wish them away. They are here to stay.

We will all need to be courageous. Our ability to recover and repair in the coming months depends on it.

Adaptability

I believe that adaptability is one of the most underrated traits you can possess. We often forget that the world is constantly changing.

Normally, it is more subtle than the change we are experiencing now, but change is always happening even if we don’t realise it. Being adaptable means you can face the challenges thrown at you and thrive.

When I went to Australia for a year, I was way out of my comfort zone. Apart from university, it was my first time relying on myself. My parents were 20,000 miles away, I couldn’t turn to hem for help.

I was on my own.

It was scary thought at first. However, after the first few days, I got used to the feeling. Suddenly, that fear had been replaced with a realisation that I was the master of my destiny. I could travel where I wanted, eat ice cream if I felt like it and get up early to walk along the beach.

I thought it would take me longer to adjust to my new reality, but it happened very fast. I’m lucky that I can adapt well to different situations. Even now, I find myself adapting to this lockdown. Yes, it’s annoying I can’t go to the gym or work in a cafe, but I’m not crawling up the walls trying to escape the house.

Not everyone will be as adaptable as me. Everyone’s different. But, the longer things continue like this, the more people will slowly find themselves adapting to the new reality.

We are going to need to adapt to the new reality when this is over. The good thing about the experiences we are having now is that we have all been forced to adapt. That should make it easier for us once we are rid of the virus.

No one can say for sure what the world will look like when coronavirus is gone. All we know is that we will have to adapt to this new world whether we like it or not.

Patience

A key trait we need during this period of lockdown is patience. We are all being asked to stay inside to stop the spread of the virus.

We have no way of knowing how long this will go on for. It could be for a month, it could be until the end of May. The length of time necessary is not known. During this time ou patience will be tested for a variety of reasons.

Staying inside with family members day after day can be stressful and will lead to arguments. We will also become impatient at our governments as the lockdown continues. The benefits of lockdown are indisputable, however, humans do have a breaking point.

Some people will inevitably begin to lose their patience the longer this goes on. As much as we need patience now, we will need it more once this is over.

Firstly, it’s likely there will be a second wave of cases in the autumn when lockdown may have been eased in the summer. Without a vaccine, immunity to the virus is hard to achieve. We will all need to realise that things will not go back to normal immediately.

Once the pandemic is over, is when we will need patience the most. The economic slump we will emerge into will be unprecedented in modern times. It will take a long rebuilding process to repair it to former levels.

Tough conversations will have to be held and grim realities may unfold. We are going to need to be patient. Anyone that thinks the world will return to the way things were once this is all over is misguided.

Things are going to be different and we will need to be patient while the recovery is worked out. But, we will also need patience with each other. We are all going through the same event, but not everyone is experiencing it in the same way.

This crisis may hardly affect some people, while others will be traumatised by what they have gone through. Compassion and understanding will be vital to help those who are suffering to cope.

Patience will be a virtue in this world. It will allow us to look after the less fortunate and give time to those who need it to heal. Above all, we will need to patient with our leaders. This will be a rebuild unlike any we’ve seen since the end of the Second World War.

Recovering from the coronavirus is going to take a lot of time and effort. Possessing the clarity to be patient with the outcomes will be essential as we strive to build a better world.

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