We are living through rare times with this COVID-19 virus. In the last few days, I have been afforded the gift of life slowing down. I took a step back from the situation and analyzed the lessons we should be learning from the experience. I guess it's the silver lining in the cloud. Here are my top five:
1) I've gained more confidence. I have been isolated in the same house for three weeks and have come to realize how satisfied I am with my wife, my child, my dogs, my house, my job, my ride, and even my boots. It's amazing how quickly the important things become clear when not bogged down with the hustle and bustle of modern-day society. Comparing myself to the Jones's gets easier and easier the more time I'm racing in the pipeline of modern-day society. I've learned I don't need the sick truck or the rich man's house; I already have it pretty good.
2) Save money, invest wisely. Buy low and sell high has one requirement: you have to be able to afford the initial investment. This means being disciplined about saving money when everyone else is buying the coolest new toys. Then, invest those savings. Don't let the rock and roll of the market get to you. Let's be real—playing in the stock market can be more like gambling than investing. Times like this just makes it a lot more obvious. However, if you responsibly save and invest for wealth over the long run, times like this shouldn't be a huge sweat. While those who are struggling with this economic downturn have my empathy, you still have a responsibility to be prepared. If you weren't prepared this time, get through it, learn, and be prepared next time. I went through a brutally stressful time two years ago due to family health issues resulting in major financial stress. The hard times lasted about 18 months. We got through it with lessons learned that helped us prepare for the next curveball from life. Sometimes you just have to put your chin down and fight your way through, sacrificing convenience to survive.
3) The government is going to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons. I will try my best to keep the political opinions subdued here. But, times like this should remind us how Thomas Jefferson and company came up with the Declaration of Independence. We are often in danger of botching our history lessons. Take for example the constant argument of our gun laws. Suddenly, a lot of people are rethinking restricting their rights for gun ownership as they fear looting, martial law, etc. Regardless of the validity of their fear, they still want to protect themselves and their family. Also, we have really mixed up our priorities, at least here in Washington. Why are pot shops open but all of the public lands closed? Seriously!? Some outdoor recreation would do everyone some good in these times with a very minimal risk of spreading the virus. But please, keep getting your weed. Times like this really make you appreciate rural America, our second amendment, and a great neighborhood.
4) Perhaps, technology is not the devil after all. Isn't it great so many of us can work from home!? I know this isn't the case for everyone, but it wouldn't be the case for anyone without our current technology. Not only that, but we can binge watch shows and movies, stay connected with others who are quarantined, and, most importantly, live stream church service!
5) If a dog fart doesn't make you clear the room laughing, maybe you have the Corona Virus. Pets make great companions, especially when stuck at home. Unfortunately, mine have a unique skill of clearing out the house.
P.S. Keep shooting your bow. I've set a new, personal record for consecutive days launching arrows.
- Danny Bell