In hard times like these, we often tend to drift towards the negative side and start cursing our fates. Let's see how this changed my life!
The core subject of this article is realizing how important it is to stay grateful, creative and happy even when the times are tough.
“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” -Doe Zantamata
This pandemic has not been easy for anyone. We are all struggling in our own ways, some more than others, but the worldwide impact on people’s physical as well as mental states remains drastic. Even though all of this might seem quite ordinary right now, it was definitely not easy for me to adapt to this new way of living.
I remember being so downcast and exasperated during the first few months of this lockdown because of not being able to see my friends or go to the movies together. Now that I think about it, those things are quite insignificant to me. I mean, I surely do enjoy going out with people and being able to physically be together, but I can do quite well without it right now. I do not feel emotionally dependent on someone or something else. I think a lot of us have come across this feeling at least once in our lives. We always tend to look for happiness, be it from the people we look up to or things that we love doing or simply places that we share a connection with. I used to always look up at the stars that seemed to endlessly facsimile each other’s relentless beauty. It has always been something that fills me up with happiness. During the course of a couple of months, I started to look around myself, instead of just looking up at the stars. Honestly stating, it was one of the most bewitching experiences of my entire life.
I also used to give a lot of power to my own surroundings. It used to get to a point where any minor inconvenience would cause me to negatively anticipate everything and make the situation worse. But now, I do not let my mistakes define me. I am after all an imperfect human being in this world full of struggles.
When this pandemic came about, I was constantly living in fear. “What if I get infected by the virus?”, “What if my parents get infected by the virus?”, “What if this pandemic does not end soon?”, All these thoughts raced inside my mind at the speed of light, all day long. But, eventually I learned how to accept the adversities of life and keep pushing through. I made fear and failure my best of companions in order to get through any hard situation.
Now that we have talked about all the heavy impacts, it is time to level it down a little. So, ending this on a lighter note, I learnt how to genuinely appreciate homemade food. The first few months were hard without having access to the nearest restaurants, but slowly, I grew accustomed to it. To cover everything up, this period has taught me how to live a self-sufficient, happy and respectful life. In the end, you have one and only one life to own and you do not get a ‘try again’ button once you have wasted it.