We are all living in an unprecedented time. Humanity is facing an unimaginable challenge and many aspects of our lives are changing along the way as a result. With all the hardships and difficulties that we are all facing I want to share some of the things that I am grateful for and experiencing during this time.
Friends and Family.
Before Covid-19 when our lives were ‘normal’, it seems as if people were busy trying to fast track their careers, and unknowingly neglecting many aspects of life. All of a sudden as the global economy is rapidly slowing and everyone is now forced to stay at home, we are now cherishing our social networks much more, especially the people most near and dear to us.
This has made me realize how much I have taken for granted the unconditional love that close ones near me have given me in these times of need. I thank God for the amazing company that make isolation much more bearable and comfortable. From cooking your favourite meals to daily essentials and encouragement and just the simple things like chatting and hanging out. These things actually matter in these trying times. Try to embrace and appreciate it as long as you can because when life goes back to normal again we might never find as much time to be close with our loved ones again.
So a note to young people out there: take care of those around you, and most importantly look after your own mental health.
I thank God as well that I don’t have the actual virus. If you are one of the people without the disease, consider yourself blessed. I have seen videos of four-year-olds and sixty-four-year-olds on ventilators, let me tell you how torturing it was seeing them unable to breathe. Everyone on the frontline is fighting this silent assassin, and the war is still ongoing. If it were not for the selfless nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals and volunteers around the world putting their lives at risk to save us, we would be in a whole different world of agonizing suffering right now.
This item is extremely simple, but so necessary. I think I would go insane without this one – the almighty world of the Internet! From social media (TikTok has occupied so much of my time!), Netflix, YouTube, email, among so many other things; imagine how screwed we would be if we didn’t have internet during quarantine!
In summary, my experience has pretty much been mundane. I have tried to explore new things like cooking, yoga, reading up on sports like Forumla-1 and rugby, socializing (online), reconnecting with chess, and learning a new language. But the focus of it all has been my spirituality and being mindful of what is around me and what matters most. Finding peace and being grateful for what I have at themoment will hopefully carry me through this time.
To sum it all up I want to offer everybody a short poem that offers a message of hope and strength to keep moving forward, coming out of this period stronger, wiser and a more intelligent human being. Remember tough times are temporary, but tough people are permanent.
by William Ernest Henley.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.