If we had to settle on just one word to sum up the first half of 2020, the word “change” would be a top contender. The COVID-19 global pandemic blowing in on the last notes of Auld Lang Syne put mind-boggling change in motion, and it’s still unfolding now in May. We’ve been quarantined apart, normal activities have been drastically curtailed and there’s no clear light at the end of the tunnel. Uncertainty for the future mingles with certainty that whatever it looks like, the future will be different.
History is packed with stories about human resilience. Challenge gives way to creativity, necessity to invention. The Visit Garland team believes life after COVID-19 has marvelous potential because of – and in spite of – what lifestyle differences stick around as the world reopens. And they want to get ahead of it.
I am one of their strategies for shaping how Garland will talk about its community assets in the brave new post-COVID-19 world. I am a blogger, and I write about places. My job? To get to know Garland’s backyard from the best resource: You – Garlandites and Garland-impassioned people.
Consider what makes Garland Garland. Why is it special? What is your favorite thing to do in Garland? What do you love most about Garland? What do you think is Garland’s best-kept secret? When the world finally opens for business again, what are the must-sees and must-do’s in Garland? If you boiled it down to just one word, what word best describes your Garland?
Soon, people will emerge. It will likely be slow as we all take baby steps in tandem, but a change of scenery is going to be high on most people’s want-to list when we are finally free to move about more than just the cabin.
So, Garlandites, point me in the right direction. Share your insider knowledge in the comment section below.