2019 was a very difficult year for me (maybe I will talk about it some day). I really looked forward to 2020, hoping that it wouldn’t be as toxic and challenging as the year before. I believed this year would be “my best year yet” and all that I wished and prayed for would come to pass.
Today is the first day of the fourth month of the year 2020 and so much has happened already! It’s more like when you think, “what more can happen?” something new occurs and beats the previous one.
When the news about coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19 began to spread, we had little to no idea about how it came about, how fast or slow it could spread or even how long it would take to be eradicated. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, everything changed!
Many more cities, regions, countries and continents were affected. This global pandemic has changed, is changing and will change so many things. Fears, doubts and uncertainties are now the order of the day. Thousands of lives have been lost; it may seem like “statistics” or just “numbers” but they were people’s parents, children, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, friends and colleagues among others.
So many people have lost and many more will lose their means of livelihood – their jobs, their businesses, their investments. Dreams, goals and ambitions have been thwarted. The world is literally on a “pause/ stop.”
Only three months have passed so it’s too early to give up, right? But how can one keep pushing when it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Truth is, the only thing we have right now is “time.” It’s so crazy that we have no idea about when or how things will normalize again. I’m not sure such a disaster has happened and affected the entire world in the last twenty, fifty or even hundred years.
I have no answers or solutions. In fact, I have many questions I wish could be answered.
P.S. As much as I’m partly writing this article to while away time, I’m also writing it because I want to let you know that you are not alone and we will get through this. We must!
What else can one do, if not to hope and remain positive, right?
I’m certain that most, if not all, of us looked forward to 2020, believing that this would be our year. I am really not sure about how the remaining months of the year will play out.
Medical professionals around the world are putting their lives on the line everyday to save the lives of those affected and also prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus disease. Governments, Agencies, international organizations etc. are putting heads together to figure out sustainable solutions as soon as possible. We, on the other hand, have been asked to play our role by doing one single thing – stay at home.
So while we do that and patiently wait for all this to be over, there are a few tips which would help us to stay safe, look out for one another and prevent the spread of the virus:
We can also make the most out of this period by getting adequate rest, trying new dishes, learning new languages, playing games with our loved ones, hopping on social media challenges, reading those books we’ve been procrastinating on, watching new movies, series and/ or documentaries, organizing personal retreats, writing that business plan, working on that idea, spending quality time with your family and friends, starting new partnerships and lots more! It is said that when life gives you lemons…
These are unprecedented times for the world. So many of us are hurting from one thing to the other. I’m not sure how we will overcome these tough times as great havoc has been caused but I hope that someday, we get to smile again. Let us continue to spread love and light. The world needs it the most right now.
Hugs & kisses! WB-H