I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
Today’s tip is to be a realistic optimist. See life as it is, but focus on what’s good.
I think that I’ve lived my life as a realist. Sometimes pessimistic, but more I’m careful and conservative, not looking to take changes. I often see the problems with some approach or decision. My wife is constantly optimistic, so she helps me balance out.
As we go through this pandemic, I am optimistic. I actually think that we will get back to many of the things we love in the next year. Already I’m back to coaching volleyball and my team is competing. No parents, wearing masks, but we’re playing.
I have a couple trips planned, and I saw that no infections in the US were linked to plane flights, so I do think we’ll start traveling more in 2021. I’m working on an event of some sort in Denver, and I’m hopeful that some people will start planning and executing events in 2021 as well.
I think we need to improve testing, and I think we will. Already we’re seeing better tests coming out. I am sure we’ll get a vaccine, though I think that is more likely a summer or later in 2021 timeframe for many of us.
Realistically the world has changed, especially for business and conferences, but we will find ways to move forward.