15 things the pandemic has taught Mail readers - one year on from Lockdown 1

Live for today, appreciate front line workers and treasure time spent with family.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:00 am

These are just some of the valuable lessons Hartlepool Mail readers say they have learnt during the coronavirus pandemic to date.

As we mark one year since the first national lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – on March 23, 2020 – we have been reflecting on an unpredictable and difficult 12 months.

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You have been sharing some of the lessons you have learned during the pandemic.

Hundreds of Mail readers answered our call to share the life-changing and important things they have taken on board during this time.

The past year has really made all of us think.

This is what you had to say on our Facebook page:

Margaret Barker: “What great shop assistants we have. They were in the front line like others but I feel were not appreciated enough, a big thanks from me.”

Christine Rudd: “You can't take [anything] for granted, live for today. You don't know what’s around the corner.”

Angela Scott: “To appreciate what we have in life a great deal more. Never take things for granted. Family and good friends are the most precious things in life.”

Janice Smith: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, life is a gift that's why we call it the present. Live for today because you never know what will happen tomorrow.”

Charlie Louise Sibbald: “That family and time spent together is more important than where you can go and what you can buy!”

Vicky Elsdon: “Presence is far greater gift than presents.”

Lee Jonno Johnson: “Give and take and to be patient. I've learned so much and it's made my relationship stronger.”

Tracy Coulson: “I learned how to cook lovely food, not rely on takeaways.”

Pamela Radford: “It is all the key workers that make this country great. Thank you to one and all, you are all amazing.”

Lee Shelley: “Be nice and look after each other.”

Amy Rebecca Ward: “To make things happen!”

Anne-Marie McKenna: “Family is everything.”

Cath Grazier: “Live life with a positive mental attitude.”

Lyn Wilson: “How resilient I have become.”

Clair Noble: “How lucky I am to have what I have.”

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