How COVID-19 Changed Life

If things were normal right now, I’d be hanging out with friends and going to my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I’d also be traveling and doing speaking engagements, as well as meeting new people. But, things aren’t normal right now. The United States is in the middle of a horrible pandemic with the Coronavirus. Everyone’s lives have been changed by this, and we’re all trying to adapt to this “new normal.”

With the state of Illinois under an order from the governor to shelter in place and the city of Chicago just completely shut down, I am trying to keep busy as best as I can. I’ve been playing video games and watching movies and television. Every now and then, I’ll see my uncle and we’ll spend some time together. I keep in touch with the rest of my family through group text. We also do a group video chat about once a week. I look forward to seeing everyone’s faces, even if we can’t physically be together.

When I take Mya for walks, there are other people also out walking their dogs or exercising. We all keep our distance from each other. It’s kind of nice to see people out and about. For the most part, everyone seems to be in good spirits. I think we all know how important it is to stay home. The sooner we beat this thing, the sooner we’ll be back doing all the things we love to do in Chicago.

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.