We are going through a global crisis.
Entire countries on lockdown. Continuously increasing infected cases. Way too many deaths. Escalated global economic slowdown. Industries losing billions in revenue. Layoffs, pay cuts and hiring freeze in most places.
These are definitely the toughest times we have ever seen. And it might take quite a while before there’s a vaccine in the market. Staying inside our homes and social distancing might be our best bet in this fight.
While it is difficult to stay optimistic amid the current situation, every cloud a silver lining and there are so many things the past few weeks have taught me.
Life is full of uncertainty
This time last month, I and my friends were making bookings for a trip to Manali. We were hoping for it to be ‘the trip of a lifetime’ kind. Obviously not happening now. On the other hand, two of my friends were going to get engaged during the end of March, in a much-awaited ceremonial event that has now been indefinitely postponed. I myself had some big career changes planned in the coming few months, but given the circumstances, things are highly uncertain at the moment.
I feel it’s funny how we sometimes plan so ahead of time when we are not even sure about what might happen the very next minute.
There is no place like home
“Home is the safest and most secure place in the world.” — this sentence makes so much sense right now. I feel so blessed to be in my home and with my family right now. Had it all happened this time last year, I would have been about 1000 kilometres away and things would have been way different. I feel bad for those who have been working away from their homes in altogether different cities or even states and are not able to be with their loved ones in these difficult times.
We move to different cities, countries in order to have better career opportunities and better lifestyles but in the end, home is where the heart is.
Everything happens for a reason
My life has been no less than a rollercoaster lately. There have been a lot of twists and turns, highs and lows, especially in the last year. If things would have gone by the plan, I would have been in a different country right now, doing who knows what. And I was so upset last year when nothing was going as I anticipated and life took quite a different turn for me.
Fast forward a few months, when I think about it all now, I realize it was all for the better. I am so glad to be where I am right now and I trust that whatever I need will happen at precisely the right time; I just need to be prepared for it.
How trapped we are in ‘the busyness bubble’
Ever happened that a good old friend called you up and you were too busy to attend the call? Or you told that you will call right back but you never did? Also, how frequently do you call your parents and ask them about their day? Remember those school/college teachers who told us, “All the best for your future, beta! Humko bhool mat jaana. (Do not forget us)”? Well, guess what?
This lockdown gave me enough time to think about how caught up we are in our day-to-day lives, projects, deadlines, home to work and back to home routines. We are so busy constantly doing something or the other that we just lose touch with those people who make us who we are; we tend to forget the importance of the little things in life. Running down the memory lane with that old friend, those heartfelt conversations with our loved ones, catching up with that sibling who you spent your childhood with… and the list goes on. There are so many things which we keep adding to our todos but for some reason, we are too tired or too busy to get done.
The present situation has given us an opportunity to make things right — spend time with those who matter the most and get in touch with the ones who are away from us.
Be grateful for what you have
Lastly, the most important lockdown lesson that I have learnt is — to be grateful for what I have. No matter the ups and downs but life has always been kind. I am glad to have a home to lock myself into. I am blessed to have the job I do, that allows me the freedom to work from home. I am thankful that in these troubling times I get to be with my family. We should consider ourselves really fortunate for all the privileges we have in life. My heart goes out to all those who are affected by the pandemic.
Things will hopefully start getting normal in a few weeks. Slowly but surely, we will get out of this, together. Till then, stay home, stay safe.