Lockdown Learnings

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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Jayesh Lalwani

Jayesh Lalwani

Software Engineer, tech enthusiast. Currently pursuing Master’s in Computer Science at Northeastern University. Visit lalwanijayesh.com for more.