COVID-19: WHAT WE ARE LEARNING IN TIMES LIKE THIS
– WRITTEN BY ADEDAYO ADEMOKOYA
This past month must have been very difficult for most of us especially the ones that are used to the fast paced life today’s world offers. It is not new that the Novel Coronavirus (or COVID – 19) has come to be with us for a while now.
Some of us have even renamed it hilariously with names such as corona vices, colodial drivus, colonial naivus, coloria pilot amongst others.
It is no doubt that we have learned new ways of life in the past few weeks. Washing of hands regularly with soap and water, wearing face masks, using alcohol based hand sanitizers, new absurd ways of greeting, physical distancing and so on.
Most importantly to note is the inward change it has caused us personally. There is nothing to be sugarcoated here. The pandemic has caused us a lot of economic loss. We’ve seen booming economies crippled.
Let’s not forget that this event has also helped us to apply brakes to our ever busy kind of lifestyles and enables us to give ourselves the much needed break.
Times like this don’t last but then, we have been able to see how to value ourselves as people with needs and vulnerabilities. We have come to see the people around us, our loved ones, relatives and neighbours as precious.
This break refreshes our memories to see how we have missed some people and did not notice. It has also help us find other productive ways to keep ourselves sane apart from our jobs or businesses. Meditation, yoga, online courses, learning how to really breath and clear our minds etc.
Some of us now realize we have not had enough time for our families as our children, wives and husbands have gotten to see more of us this period. We also have learned the art of effective conversation at home (especially for the busy men and women). There is no escaping or passing time at the bar or club. Now, we have to face it and figure how things will work out.
Maybe this break is a blessing in disguise. Apparently, it has its negative effect on our general socioeconomic selves but we should not be blind to the fact that it has opened our eyes to discover more of ourselves. We have discovered new ways of doing things and improvising in dicey situations.
Will this virus go soon or should we learn to live with it? That cannot be answered as of now, but what is of immense importance is that we have come to see our real selves, learn to appreciate life and nature, become closer to our loved ones by checking up on them. The list is endless.
Let’s stay safe.
Let’s stay responsible.
Let’s stay woven to our families and the world.
Written by Adedayo Ademokoya
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