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    People Are Sharing The Unexpected Silver Linings They Found Amidst The Pandemic, And They're Eye-Opening

    "I'm a major introvert, and for a year and a half, I didn’t have to make up an excuse for why I wasn't attending something."

    The past year and a half has been unspeakably difficult for many reasons. But even against the devastating backdrop of a global pandemic, there have been a few unexpected silver linings — or moments of gratitude and grace — for some.

    Recently, redditor u/heartbreak-nostalgia asked, "Was there ever a time you were thankful the pandemic happened? What was the reason?" Here's what people said.

    1. "My last child was born in the middle of quarantine. The extra time at home with my wife and all of our kids was absolutely priceless."

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    "I got to draw with them, dance, learn silly songs, and hold them so much more." —u/CodemanVash

    2. "I ended a long-term relationship during lockdown. It was the best decision I made. I got to learn a lot about myself."

    u/leg00b

    3. "As an autistic person, I was grateful that I didn't have to spend all day wasting energy, pretending to be neuro-typical in order to be accepted by my colleagues."

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    "Working from home, I could let myself relax without worrying about being judged for behaviors I can't necessarily control. In a way, when the masks went on, my mask got to come off." u/oblivionkiss

    4. "It allowed me to spend more time with my brother during his last months before he died of cancer. It was time I otherwise would have had to spend working."

    u/StarvingWriter33

    5. "I stopped getting migraine headaches because I was not experiencing the stress of going into an office."

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    "Before the pandemic, I was getting migraines on a biweekly basis and was using up my sick days as soon as I got them. Now, I haven't taken a single sick day in 10 months." —u/speak-eze

    6. "I haven't gotten sick once since I started working from home."

    u/richmondody

    7. "I've had the time to read so many books."

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    8. "I was able to move out of state while keeping my job."

    "The only thing keeping me in my home state was my job, so when they told me I could move while keeping my position with the company, I didn't hesitate." —u/lineman77

    9. "I will never not miss how light the traffic was."

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    10. "I learned to work on myself, my own mental issues, and my trauma slowly. I don’t think that would have happened without lockdown."

    "Stuck inside with a lot of big feelings and nowhere to go, it forced me to confront myself." —u/SnooDonuts8606

    11. "It made me reevaluate what I was doing with my life."

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    "I cut out people who were dragging me down and reconnected with old friends. I changed jobs, started taking care of my body, lost 30 pounds, and found a new hobby. It took a global health crisis to kick myself into gear." —u/elfarmy

    12. "Being able to wake up five minutes before my university classes."

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    13. "I got the chance to slow down the pace of life and stop overwhelming myself with the constant grind."

    u/hmansloth

    14. "I've saved a ton of money since the beginning of the pandemic with so many places being closed."

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    "Even public transit was free in my city for several months." —u/whistledixie

    15. "Because I didn't have to commute, I had much more time to study. I did so well in school and got an 'A' in some really hard classes."

    u/musclesbear

    16. "Having my husband around at home every day after giving birth."

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    "It was terrifying to bring a child into the world during a pandemic, but having my husband home the whole time has been a blessing. Not to mention the incredible bond my husband and daughter share because he has been there almost every day of her life." —u/ms_bonezy

    17. "The pandemic gave me time away from school to be admitted into the hospital for more than a month. It saved my life."

    u/Darcie-Jane

    18. "It gave me a whole year to spend every day with my old dog before he crossed the rainbow bridge."

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    19. "I became more efficient and productive at my job."

    "Thanks to remote working, I do three times as much while working much less. I can concentrate on my work, and I can spend hours coding without any interruptions." —u/FormalWath

    20. "I was able to give birth and enjoy my baby in peace without my family harassing me in the delivery room."

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    21. "The pandemic taught me to never take things for granted, as you never know what can happen overnight."

    "I also learned to appreciate my family a lot more, even though being in lockdown with my mother and sister did drive me a little crazy at times." —u/HazyMoonbeam

    22. "I'm a major introvert, and for a year and a half, I didn’t have to make up an excuse for why I wasn't attending something."

    u/Careful-Drop-4561

    23. "The past year, witnessing the state of my country throughout the pandemic, it reminded me how important it is to vote."

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    "I previously didn't care about voting, but now I will vote every chance I get." —u/Safety_Drance