Updated: Apr 18
''Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans''.
This famous saying reflects a paradox in our lives. I think we can all agree that it has been an exhausting week and month and year. we are struck with a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered our lives. Take, for example, our perceptions of space: our mobility has been drastically limited, reduced to jogs or walks a few kilometers around our homes. Perhaps less clearly, the lockdown has had an effect on our perceptions of time.
If someone would have asked me a few months back, what freedom entails, I would have undoubtedly declared a trip with a gang of buddies.
But in the last few months, our liberty has been turned like a jolt. I discovered after being caged by a coronavirus that the price of freedom is unmeasurable. And how much I have taken my freedom for granted. Even in my wildest dream, I never thought it would be so difficult to meet our dear ones. This lockdown taught me how fragile life is, and what freedom means.
None of us ever thought that kids playing in parks, malls bustling with crowds, evening walks, those leisurely dining out, all those things which were so lovingly and overwhelmingly lived and enjoyed until a few months back would be craved for like this.
Until lockdown I didn't know how much I loved going out, meeting people, playing with kids in the park, having a mindless conversation with friends, dinner dates with loved ones, meeting your family in India whenever you want was the freedom I had. While I am Waiting for that freedom to taste again, to admire every little thing that once looked ordinary, never to take my liberties for granted.
This pandemic taught everyone a life lesson. During the lockdown, people learned to survive with the bare requisites. Junk food was supplemented by healthy home-cooked meals. Shopping mall closures demonstrated the futility of senseless consumerism. People are more inclined to prioritize a basic and satisfying lifestyle, reducing spending and growing investment as a hedge towards potential income uncertainty. The majority of life decisions would be motivated by the need to protect the environment and the next generation.
We can only hope that one successful outcome of this unpleasant experience is a brave new world in which we have a better understanding of how blessed we are — and a deeper sense of sympathy for those who do not have our opportunities. That we will no longer take any of it for granted.
Now this is time - ''To find yourself and rehearse your priorities''