One Valuable Life Lesson Learned From the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

The current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has knocked humanity on its knees and turned the norms of society upside down and inside out worldwide. Regardless of whether the response to the pandemic is an overreaction, it has effortlessly exposed the numerous frailties of mankind; uncovered the vast imperfections of the human condition; and exposed a reflection of ourselves that is considered quite sobering.

One Valuable Life Lesson Learned From the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Many lessons have already been taught by the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — only time will tell if we as a society will have learned those lessons and use them to our benefit in the future — but there is one valuable life lesson which is especially critical to learn pertaining to travelers:

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.— Benjamin Franklin

Known better in modern times as “do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, the quote is especially a lesson to people who love to travel but never have the time or resources to do so. “Tahiti will still be there tomorrow” — fill in your own ideal destination instead of Tahiti — is a classic mantra of the travel procrastinator who is seeking only the best deal or needs to reserve enough time off from work to fulfill that dream…

…and that person might have thought that he or she is healthy and still has plenty of years left to be able to explore the world — or further explore the world if that person is a veteran traveler — and that there are more important things to do before embarking on travel to those ideal destinations…

…but then came the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, which changed the plans — and lifestyles — of virtually everyone on the planet; and did so with such frightening efficacy. Travel suddenly became significantly more difficult — if not impossible — as countries, states, and cities either closed borders to visitors or imposed restrictions pertaining to entering the independent government entity. Airlines substantially cut capacity. Lodging companies either reduced the number of rooms available for occupancy or shut down some hotel and resort properties altogether.


As dystopian as our society is today, the situation will eventually get better — even though life as we knew it may likely never be quite the same — and travel will eventually become more popular again…

…but that will not happen overnight. Years may elapse before travel — and sanity, in general — returns to some semblance of normalcy; and 2020 will be a year for the history books, as it seems to be unlike any other year in recorded history…

…and when travel does return, don’t put off that trip any longer. Start planning your dream trip now — think about where you will go and what you will be doing — and prepare yourself for the day on which you will be able to embark on it…

…before it is too late to do so, as you never know what could happen next…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “One Valuable Life Lesson Learned From the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic”

  1. NB_ga says:

    Beautifully poignant. Life is for living. Do not take a moment of it for granted. Live big.

  2. Jacob says:

    I live by the motto: “There is no promise of tomorrow, either for ourselves or our loved ones”. Therefore I will travel as much as I can while I still can. Thankfully because of that motto I have had the pleasure of many wonderful international vacations over the past 10 years. Lo and behold, sadly all travel in 2020 for me has been completely wiped out. I was always going on trips prior to this year with the mindset that I never know when it will be my last one.

  3. Snuggs5500 says:

    Hate to be negative, but few will learn anything. There are enough life to teach this lesson, but we, mankind, fail to heed the cautions. My own profession and advocation has brought this to the forefront for over 40 years. Yet I to failed to heed, and do so to a lesser extent today.

    As line goes in “Our Town”, only a few see the beauty and preciousness of life…

    This will all be a memory by 12/31/2021. If not sooner. All of the dire predictions of the lasting changes will only be proffered by those that can make a buck off if it. The revenue numbers at FAANG will have long since plateaued, the $300k jobs will but a memory, and we will all go back to being enslaved by the marketing hypnotized children we seek to placate. Ahhh yes, back to two and three jobs to make almost $100k.

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