To say that Superstorm Sandy was a challenge for those in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is an understatement. In fact, I don’t think there’s a word or even a string of words that could ever properly describe it, and the idea that we will someday return to normal is just that. An idea. Because I don’t think any of us will ever be the same in her aftermath. However, there are a few things I learned since Sandy rolled in and out of here — but that aren’t meant to minimize the loss or devastation that so many felt. Instead, it’s more about new perspective and, in spite of bad times, trying to find the positive.
So, here are some of the things I learned from her:
When you think you have it bad, someone else has it worse. Plain and simple. And I tried remembering that when I complained about not having power for 11 days. There were people who had (and may still have) it tougher.
When you know you have it better, you have an opportunity to help. By lending a hand. Donating money, food or clothing. By offering a sympathetic ear.
Bad times really do bring out the best in people. The outreach I heard about on the news regarding people helping people who literally lost everything was amazing. Despite the darkness, they brought light. And not always figuratively.
No connectivity is a good thing. Having no cell phone, no Internet and no connectivity really quiets the mind and soul. We’re too obsessed with technology anyway. Same goes for tv.
There’s something to be said about seeing a night sky without any light pollution. I have to tell you, that first night after the storm when power was completely out everywhere was one of the clearest and starriest nights I can remember. It was breathtaking.
It gives you a new appreciation for how people used to live. Before we became creatures of comfort.
Having no power means you can talk to your family. And communicate. Because there’s no technology to take away our attention, we can actually listen to each other, too.
There you have it. If I can take away one more thing from this experience, it’s that I hope I can remember these lessons down the road when Superstorm Sandy is a distant memory, because you know she’ll never be truly forgotten.
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