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Could we have foreseen this pandemic a few months ago and how the entire world would have to adjust to live through it? Just a few months ago, some of us were planning a vacation; some were considering buying a home; some waiting for summer to have outdoor fun with friends and family; and some just working hard to better their lives and those of their loved ones — all of which was in control for many of us.
Do we have a complete grip on the situation now? NO! But the lessons we are learning are beneficial for us all. The past three months have taught us the real meaning of life – the value of relationships, the privilege of having a roof over one’s head and the food on our table.
Social distancing has brought people closer together who were living under one roof, but didn’t have time to spend with each other. It encouraged us to engage more with friends and family afar using free technology. Even though many of us are working full-time from home, couples now spend more time together and instead of being in daycares, schools or with nannies, children are at home spending time with their parents a lot more. This of course, has come with its own challenges – several adults working in very small living spaces; trying to homeschool kids and work at the same time; and checking in on loved ones has not been easy. Even still, those people are more fortunate than many who have lost their jobs or seen a reduction in income as a result of this.
During social distancing, after work hours are not for clubbing, going to restaurants, bars or movies. Instead we have found ways to spend this precious time at home with various crafts, trying new recipes, cleaning our homes and wardrobes, playing board games, movies with popcorns, daily exercises and more. Unconsciously, every day we are practicing patience, tolerance, work-life balance, and most of all discipline. We started appreciating the taste of home-cooked food, the company of our loved ones, a clean environment and looking for happiness in the little things.
The pandemic is still not over. There are people who are alone in this crisis, battling loneliness and anxiety. There are those suffering from mental illnesses, that continue to struggle with it on a daily basis with all the negativity around them. Still, there must be parents who find it difficult to entertain their children.
This pandemic is a lesson for all of us that sometimes we can’t control everything that is happening around us or what is in store for the future. Sooner or later we will find the vaccine to combat the virus but the world in which we live in now, will continue to face devastating disasters because of climate change and global instability.
There will be a world after Covid-19 and our learnings from now will help us to live that “new normal”. We are getting a barrage of messages – from retail stores to airlines to banks to food delivery apps, all titled “An Important Message from our Community”. Even though we are social distancing and self-isolating, there is a strong sense of community. We’re not alone; we are all in this together. Unfortunately, we are taking a very tough route via this virus to learn to live this “new normal”.