Lessons I learnt from the pandemic.
I thought it was a joke, the first time I heard it. Corona virus, originating from Wuhan, China and spreading fast and the panic to how the world is now, mostly my country, Nigeria.
In my hostel in the university I thought I was too far away, I was wrong. It’s been almost three months since the lockdown and it’s still raging.. the world physically is still the same, but I have changed.
1: Death is one step away.
With over six million infected and countless deaths splashed on the news, I’m slapped in the face everyday with the fact that death is near. One second, one minute, one hour, one day, one year away. I learnt that now is not the time to wait for it..
Now is the time to get moving.
Wait o, I don’t mean go out ( people are still getting infected. Please stay safe.) Those dreams you tucked away, the-i- will- do- this- when- the- time is right- dreams. Get them out and start acting on them.
2: family is everything.
If you don’t think so, that’s tough.
I’ve spent almost 150 days with family and I am reminded that they’re here for me, every time without question, and that humbles me because I know there are people in quarantine who can’t hold or touch their loved ones. So each day I’m thankful for family( by blood or bond).
3 Mental strength.
To get through this current times and the times to come, I need to change my mindset. We are in for something entirely different when the dust clears because nothing will go back to normal so to survive, I’ll have to approach things differently.
4: Be kind.
In our day to day lives, humans have been known to take things and people for granted. I’ve learnt to be softer, kind and appreciative of the things I have and the people in my life right now. I’ve learnt to be more forgiving to myself and others because we’re all going through so much.
I hope the pandemic has taught you something too.