I had the idea for this topic months ago, but every time I sat down to write this post nothing came to me. In my head, I knew the point I was trying to make but just could not find the right angle to formulate an article about it.
Until the world collided with a healthcare pandemic that would change the reality we all know, altering our lives in an unprecedented way. It wasn’t until the devastating Coronavirus filtered into society that my point became so blindingly clear. The world is so full of frivolity and insignificant fluff.
This virus has had a massive impact on our lives.
Schools closed. Restaurants, bars, cafes too. Work has been brought into the home and grocery shopping has become a weekly event, preceded by queueing outside two metres apart from our fellow humans. Jobs have been lost, economy’s crashed and the world’s mental health has taken a collective beating.
Lives have been unfairly taken, shattering families. Businesses have crashed. Frontline workers are under the most immense pressure their careers will ever see. There is no denying that this is a devastating period for humanity.
But let’s take a minute right now to focus on the silver linings that are surfacing within this dark cloud.
Our daily lives have come to to a complete standstill. It is scary, it is strange, it is sad, and it is unnervingly uncertain. But do me a quick favour. Step outside for a minute, or pop your head out the window.
What do you hear?
If you leave your house today and stand in the street, some would say that you would hear the sound of silence. But in fact, you would hear nature. You would hear the world. Space which was once wrapped in noise; traffic, construction, chattering, busses, stress…is now immersed in peace. Birds chirping, the breeze through the leaves, the occasional dog barking. It could not be more apparent how manic and busy our world has become, our lives, our minds. Filled with chaos, distraction and destruction.
At the end of the day, when the going gets tough, we need each other. We need family and friends. We need love and support. Without this we have nothing. And this pandemic has really shown us that. It’s been quite beautiful, actually. To see how people are making efforts to keep in touch via Skype or Houseparty. Counselling sessions have been taken online, workout classes too. Even pub quizzes!
People have been volunteering in any way they safely can from delivering groceries to the vulnerable to providing the lonely with company via a phone call.
The NHS and all frontline staff have been true superheroes, there is no other way to put it. And communities have been showing support in ways from much needed donations to a nationwide weekly applause, celebrating these heroes for their hard work.
Yes, these are scary times. This is a period that will go down in history books. I am not trying to sugarcoat all the pain and fear brought about by COVID-19, but I am trying to see the good amongst all of this.
Value nature and your environment. Pay attention to it. Enjoy it. Do not take advantage of it because trust me, when it’s no longer there, then you will realize what’s missing. We have been damaging this planet for far too long. Let this be our lesson.
And finally, value your loved ones. Because at the end of the day, when the time comes for us to leave this earth, your money means nothing. Your possessions mean even less. That big expensive car parked outside becomes worthless. The people standing by your bedside keeping you company in your final hours, that is where the true value lies.