The pandemic has changed all our lives forever. We have read, watched, or listened to shows and discussed with others the lessons we have learned from the past 18 months. During a recent professional nursing conference that I attended in person, the number of oral presentations and posters that addressed lessons learned from the pandemic was impressive. While I appreciated the range of innovative ideas and strategies, I did wonder how many of the “lessons learned” that were discussed will be put into action and improve the lives of others.

One lesson that I have learned and believe is important is the value of family and friends and their love and support given to me and others. During the pandemic even during “sheltering in place” and a new type of isolation knowing that there were individuals that cared about me, interested in how I was doing, and wanted to assist me in any way possible gave me strength, fueled my resilience and added value to my ability to move ahead.

So, what am I going to do to turn lessons learned into action? These are my four actions:

  • First, I am going to make sure to let my family and friends know how much I appreciate them and their support of me.
  • Second, I am going to try to do better in staying in touch with others especially with those who may not be able to get out as much as they like.
  • Thirdly, I am going to improve my social media skills so I can host more Zoom events that can provide fun experiences for myself and others.
  • Fourth, I going to try and encourage others to turn their lessons learned into action and feel good about themselves and their life!

Think about the lessons you learned from the pandemic and how you can use these learnings to make life better for yourself and others as you recover and move forward. Think about the words of Dr. Seuss, and cherish the moments and lessons learned. Life is worth it!