COVID-19 has brought with it life lessons that we should embrace. It’s a grim time for the world. The rising deaths and the economic and social impact are weighing heavily on many shoulders. There is no country left out. We have all been affected, from the most developed countries to the least developed countries. Yet, there is a lot to learn from this pandemic.
I have had a lot of time to reflect on life, and while I have been fortunate to have an opportunity to work from home, I cannot help but think of the struggles many people are going through. People have lost their jobs while others have been forced by circumstances to go on unpaid leave. These people have families; they are breadwinners, yet society expects nothing less from the roles that they play in their families. There are those suffering from loneliness, those in countries far from their loved ones, and who have no means of going back to their home countries. It is indeed a sad time for the world.
While it may be a grim time for the world, there are lessons we can learn from this pandemic:
- Save for a rainy day: Most of us are spendthrifts. We live from one salary to the next. This is perhaps the most important lesson we have learned. Save, save, and save some more. A sudden job loss means you will have to go on a job search or start a business. This, however, may not yield immediate results. This means while you are in the process of re-establishing yourself, there are needs that you should fulfill. There is food to buy, rent to pay, school fees to settle (yes, there are schools that expect parents to pay for online classes), among other needs that require your attention. This is the time to set goals and to ensure that we adopt better spending habits.
- Check on your loved ones: We have become a disconnected world due to our busy schedules. Most parts of the world are experiencing lockdown, which means we are not able to travel, and loneliness is slowly taking a toll on a lot of people. It is at this time that you long to see your loved ones. While we have to make do with phone calls and video calls, let us take this as a lesson to take time off from our busy schedules to check on family and loved ones. Take a few days from leave and visit your parents and family members. For those residing in foreign countries, our neighbors become our family away from home. Connect with people in a foreign land. We all need family. A family does not have to be by blood. Besides family, a lot of times, it is the friends that we have that come through for us.
- Connect with God: Religion is a big part of our lives, and it is now more than ever that we are on our knees. We have come to realize that prayer may be the only thing that will take us through this period. Make prayer a part of your life. There is the peace that comes with prayers, that of trusting a higher being with your worries. Religion comes in many forms, and it is upon each and everyone to respect each other’s faith and use it for our spiritual well-being.
For those who are fortunate to have resources, share whatever you can manage with those that have no income.
We are in an unsettling period. Let us take this time to reflect on our lives. There is so much to look forward to; all is not lost for humanity.
A moment of silence for those we have lost in this fight.
We shall overcome.