Strange Chronicle 3:3

I am sure we are all tired of hearing about the corona virus by now, so this will probably be my first and last blog about the virus. This is an unprecedented time in history and it’s like the world is on pause. I cannot imagine being confined in one place for months if this pandemic gets any worse. But at least for now, maybe we can all relate to the animals that we confine to the zoos. One way or the other, every single person in the world have been affected by this pandemic but at the same time, it is important to understand that some people have been affected more than others. Personally, I have been indoors for the past few weeks but honestly it is hard to complain because I know that there are millions of people in the world that are not as privileged as me. My heart goes out to the people who contracted the virus, the people whose loved ones died from the virus and could not do anything about it or even get the chance to say goodbye, the people with mental health issues who would find it difficult in this isolation period, the vulnerable population living in fear, the health care heroes who have to sacrifice family times to be on the frontline, and the less privileged, in terms of finances, who might have to battle hunger before dealing with corona. If you fall into any one of these categories, I can assure you that there are going to be better days ahead. I have no doubt that we will get through this period though. We will get through it together, especially since we don’t have to be physically close to be together. So if you can, it’s important for each and every one of us to do what we need to do to help in the fight. Staying home is one. If capable, donating to charity is another. Reaching out to loved ones is also another thing to do. This is the time when you have to count your blessings and be grateful for the people you have around you, both good and not so nice people. Another important thing to do is to do whatever you have always wanted to do but couldn’t do because you had no time. This is the period to do those activities that are good for our individual mental health. You love writing? You love painting? You love sleeping all day? You have always wanted to exercise? You have been trying to learn something new? Well, now is the time to put all those aspirations into actions. It is also the time for everyone to think and reflect on our individual lives. Many times, we are so engaged in life that we don’t get time for ourselves to think and make our priorities, goals, values and determine what are really important to us. Time has slowed down and the world is on pause, but one has to make use of it. One way or the other, 2020 will go down into the history books because the world is going to be different from now on. People are going to look and interact with each other differently and the bias in human behaviors will start becoming more obvious. This is a sort of dark time in the world right now. In order to move past this period, we need some lights. Instead of looking for the light in other people, I challenge you to be the light.

Shukran, Stranger.

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