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Lessons I’ve Learned from One Year in a COVID World

I received my COVID vaccination yesterday (March 11, 2021), almost one year to the day since I came to the realization that I was going to have to shut my physiotherapy clinics down due to a developing world pandemic.  I closed down the primary source of revenue that was supporting my family of five and moved to our family cabin in a small town in central British Columbia for two months where I proceeded to watch the bottom fall out of the world.  We lived in a little oasis detached from the realities of the world with literally nothing we could do but be with each other and play outside for two full months; it proved to be exactly what my brain and my body needed, a forced rest.  As stressful as the situation was, I found the tension that I was holding in my body and the headaches that I was experiencing started to fade away after weeks of having nowhere to go, nowhere to be and nothing to do.  My over-scheduled life was the source of a lot of my daily discomfort.

In late May of 2020 after two months of hiding from other humans, we moved back to Vancouver and I started the process of relaunching a business that required me and most of my employees to be in small rooms physically touching relative strangers all day.  I was charged with creating the set of rules that our clinics were going to function under and proceeded to watch people tip toe back out of isolation and into our offices looking for help.  We were the first outing for many people after the lock down, so it was very interesting to see and hear how the experience was affecting a broad cross section of others; it is always humbling to learn about other people’s struggles.  Read More

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