Can you believe we are now 14 months into the COVID pandemic?!? What happened to the 6 weeks to flatten the curve? We have a vaccine now, but what does that really mean?

As we slowly emerge as a society, what will life look like? What new rules will stick around, and which ones will fade into the background of our daily lives?

How will kids reflect on this time in history during school? Will we still have to wear masks a decade from now?

There are a lot of unknowns that still need to be sorted out as we inch toward the goal of returning to normalcy, but will we ever go back to the way it was before? And if we don’t is that a bad thing?

There are a lot of questions that still need answering, and time is the only way to get those answers. I am hopeful that we will reach a point that we can gather in large groups again, unmasked singing and laughing out loud without fear of infecting someone we love. The science is changing, as is the virus, we will see many mutations and variations over time I am sure, but I am hopeful we won’t have to resort to a complete lockdown again.

What about the economy? We are seeing signs of it coming back to life, but will it be consistent growth? And what happens if we have another spike in cases? Will they try to lock us down again? The food service industry and entertainment industry have both taken huge blows. Many restaurants have shut down for good, even ones that have been around for decades, or in some cases a century or more. Now due to COVID they are just gone.

As for schools, I am thankful that my son is back in school. His is almost full time, but not quite there yet. I will tell you that I have seen a huge change in his attitude and personality. He still has bouts of depression, but they are further between and the episodes don’t last as long. He still struggles because of the one day a week that they are virtual. The changing schedule every couple of weeks is still difficult, and he often misses classes or just has no interest in doing them online. I pray for the day kids can have dances, attend sporting events, and hang out with friends without having to prove that they are COVID negative. While things are slowly coming back, I just want my kid to have a chance to be a kid.

As a parent, I know how tough this time has been on me, I can’t even imagine what is going on inside his head.

Have you been able to work? Have you had to consider a new career? There are going to be, heck there already are several paths, that one could take for a successful lifetime career.

Construction is a huge and wide field that is in desperate need of people! Carpenters, drywallers, painters, electricians, plumbers, HVAC, flooring, and so many more opportunities exist in this industry. Schooling is usually minimal, with a two-year technical degree being the most common requirement and oftentimes you can work on your degree while working for a company. Many of these places may even help to pay for your schooling and guarantee you a position when you are done!

In the past these had been considered menial jobs that don’t pay well, but that is no longer the case. Base pay for a beginning carpenter is $55,000 and for a plumber it is $60,000 per year, not including overtime. These are very livable wages and that is just the base!

There will be lots of opportunity for anyone who is looking for a new career in the construction industry, so if you have been considering a change, now is a great time!
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