I’m not sure if I’m the only one who feels this way, but the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged me to do some serious thinking about what I value in life.

In a way, it’s hit the “reset button” on my day to day conscious thinking. Specifically, I now have a deep apprecation for things that used to be mundane.

Yesterday, the local tennis courts in town finally opened up again. I used to play tennis almost everyday in high school, but nowadays I’m pretty bad. Regardless, I still enjoy playing tennis with my brother because it’s a really fun sport.

I couldn’t tell you how I felt after I heard the tennis courts were open again. It was pure unfiltered happiness – probably something I haven’t felt since I got my first pack of Pokémon cards as a kid.

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been a terrible thing for the world, but I hope we will all emerge from this with a renewed sense of appreciation for the simple things in life and the things that really matter.