LOCKED, SEPARATED, BUT STILL CLOSER

COVID-19 in times like these has gotten the attention of every individual on the planet, not because it is the widespread talk around the globe, but also because of the fact that the majority of us aren’t immune to anything of this sort. It has successfully managed to cause presentment and almost an everlasting feeling of bête noire, and to be honest, in times like these, we should be worried.

But with the same trauma and abhorrence we are facing, there are multiple inflaming factors which are fueling our fears. Emotions and feelings can sometimes be difficult to put into words, especially because this pandemic has started to test everyone’s tolerance and anxiety, however, it wouldn’t be justified to state that individuals are simply terrified of this predicament. 

“Terrified” would be an obscure word for describing what is really going through people’s heads as the world continues to reach further into the conniption of this virus.

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In the anomalous circumstance of this pandemic, it is important to note that as individuals, we each have different responses to the way we would react to such a juncture. Many would attempt to see the positive and downright side while others would jump into the pool of negativity, emerging themselves in loads of recent articles and press releases. 

Several psychologists and experts have looked into this and have noted that the common populace is anxious and overwrought about the prevailing condition and to a great extent, it’s overflowing with anguish and ordeal. Some continue to stock themselves over the supermarkets and vacated shelves, while others have drowned themselves into the thought of washing their hands for at least 60 seconds.

However, the population of India holds down their agile thoughts and judgements with the orders of the Prime Minister. Mr. Narendra Modi, giving the people a trial session of lockdown known as the “Janta Curfew”, for a day, as self- isolation, social distancing, and taking precautions being some of the only ways to battle the pandemic.

 Though, it seemed like the world had come to an unexpected pause, things have been majorly under control, and luckily India has not experienced what other nations have been through over the previous weeks. 

The 12 out of 21 days in lockdown has made the people come to the plethora of lessons. Vividly clear realisations of the heroism portrayed by doctors, nurses, chemists, employees at grocery stores, and the country’s diligent policemen risking their lives to protect the people and defeat COVID-19. 

It is beyond heart-breaking to watch doctors who have been doing over-time jobs, not having the time to meet their families for months. And policemen being vastly disrespected by people who are putting themselves in a position of risk and danger that could be transmitted communally when in reality, staying at home should be a self-explanatory task. 

But the public and media have a continuous line of questions about what actually started this widespread in the first place. Some assume that it was from the contrivances of the Chinese government, and others believe that it is a leading conspiracy that only Wuhan has been affected by the mass spread of the virus, and that the scheme of the pandemic was to pulverise the world economy. 

Despite all these revelations, this so-called “World War III” has changed the way governments handle situations, and hardly because this has never grown to such an extent ever before.

 It has made societies and governments all across the globe come to a consensus that in times like these, it is important and essential to link together the aid and connections that we have, and most importantly do everything we can in our power to support their decisions made by our governments.

For those of you who thought that 2019 was a detestable year, 2020 is about to change all those opinions for you. From war threats in Iran in January, to the massive Australian Bush fires in February, 2020 has taken the hit for being a problematic year, and the COVID-19 outbreak ties it all into place. For a long time, we used to think of this abstract issue as something that was not very close, and did not consider this to be something that would happen as soon as it did.

Daily workers who had no savings are being hit the hardest with the outbreak growing gradually and students who couldn’t travel back home are now dependent on themselves.

 It has been a while since we have heard the chirping of birds. 

It has been a while since we haven’t seen the sunrise.

 However, one thing that the pandemic may have enlightened us with, would be the fact that it has brought us together. When we as individuals live in similar circumstances and we are not divided by a wall, it proves that humanity is still alive. 

On the other hand, the government is putting its nose to the grindstone, serving food for the daily workers and labourers. More than 10,000 food packets are being prepared for a one-time meal in a city. It is safe to say that all hope is not lost.

Quarantine for much of the populace may sound like a vexing or irksome idea, but that is only because we are all industrious and unavailable doing things outside, when in reality we never have time to ourselves at home. 

LIFE WON’T BE THE SAME AGAIN

For businessmen, who have always sniveled about time, or had assiduous agendas and not enough “time” for their hobbies, if you don’t come out of this quarantine with a new skill; more knowledge; a benevolent family memory, then you never really lacked time, you made a choice of investing your time into something else in the flow of your daily routine which killed your need to do something more “urgent”.

 For the parents, who never had time for their children who want to spend their time with you, live your days with them. Pick up a favorite book of yours from that dusty bookshelf and maybe cleaning the shelf wouldn’t be a bad idea; taking up the online classes for your hobby which you always wanted to learn!

 It’s not what happens to us, it’s more of how we deal with it when it does. We have 2 options, either choose to do nothing or choose to do something.

Research in neuroscience confirms that a small act of gratitude holds the power to shift our brains to a positive mindset. When this is over, do not forget that we are so blessed and it shouldn’t have taken us a pandemic to realize that we are so lucky to be at our own homes. 

Let us take a moment with ourselves in silence and think about, “what am I grateful for?”

It could be an experience, for being able to express an emotion, for family, anything tangible/ intangible, etc.

 May we grow, learn true, unconditional gratitude from this difficult trial, so that we never ever again take the little things for granted and it is truly disconsolate that it took the world an entire global outbreak, for us to sit at home, pause time, and spend it doing something we love.

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