COVID-19 took us by surprise. It has consumed and has been consuming our lives for the past few months.
Are you guys aware that June 23rd marks the 100th day of the country being in quarantine?
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) June 23, 2020
How are you?
General feelings of uneasiness and even anxiety are heightened during these trying times. Exacerbated by the head-scratching moves done by the government. And hey, if you are feeling any of these, know that you are not alone. We cannot help but worry about what the future might hold. That is a no-brainer right there, but guess what? We still have a long way to go. And what determines the end game? Our characters.
So, how do people deal with a situation like what we are in? Some might say they get stuck in a rut, unable to be productive, which is understandable given that we are dealing with a global pandemic. Or some might use their newfound free time to hone skills and maybe even produce art! (Check this out if you’re having trouble with your creative juices!) But do know that whatever emotions you are feeling, know that they are valid.
No, really, how have you been during the pandemic?
After we got through the honeymoon phase though, REALITY sets in; that this circumstance isn’t going away anytime soon, hence the ‘new normal’, a term that we have encountered daily these days.
A choice is then left for you to make. You can either succumb to the panic and continue to choose stressing over the pandemic and whatever tidings it brings, or you can make use of it as an opportunity for growth and adaptation.
Don’t get me wrong, COVID-19 sucks. It feels like our lives have been put in an indefinite reset. Trust me, I know. But the reality is, it’s here and it’s happening. We have no choice but to look back and contemplate on what really matters in our lives. We can opt to feel the unrest and be anxious over all of it or we can start to think about what comes next.
So, which will it be?
This is a distinct moment, indubitably etched into history. But still, you have to choose. Choose how to cope, how to respond. This situation is certainly out of our hands, but the circumstances surrounding it are not. Focus on things you can change and stop stressing about things you can’t really have any control over.
Amidst the chaos, we are realizing the gravity of our actions and the corresponding repercussions. We learn to empathize more with other people. And while this crisis is challenging, it also brings out the humanity in people. So we must continue to believe that humans are inherently good.
Remember, crisis doesn’t create character. It reveals it.
Who will you be?
There are lessons, a silver lining if you will, to take from this situation. Being more appreciative of others and not taking for granted what really matters like little gestures, that when you look back on aren’t really little at all.
Let us not dwell on the bad but instead focus on the positives. Think of it this way, in five years you can either look back at this moment with remorse or with peace knowing that you got better. I know it is not exactly a certainty now, but eventually, it will be. After all, tomorrow always gives us something to look forward to.
How has life been under quarantine?
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