“lesson from Covid-19”
Over the years, Pakistan has witnessed several different types of disasters, including devastating earthquakes, droughts, floods, flash floods, landsliding, infrastructure collapse, and wildfires. But the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic remains unique. Primarily because of its magnitude, its unclear origins, and the lack of a cure to date.
lesson from Covid-19
1. Prioritizing our relationships with family and friends:
Covid-19 is an opportunity to work on our interpersonal relationships, let go of past issues, forgive each other, make new memories and get creative with how we are spending our time together. The people closest to you deserve your time and attention, and vice versa.
Use this time to reforge these relationships so that you can carry them with you for the rest of ever. No more excuses for not having enough time to do so; we have enough technology at our fingertips to stay connected no matter what.
For those who feel they can’t reach out to family, remember that not every family is made of blood. So find your people, your loved ones, and use this time to strengthen the bonds you do have.
2. The importance of health and wellness:
I hope everyone who once took their health and their access to medications for granted now realizes how lucky we’ve been thus far. I also hope everyone says, “OK, time to make health a priority.”
Take steps now to redefine your view of fitness and health. I’m not saying you need to become a bodybuilder, but pay attention to your food and activity levels, and work on developing healthy habits and build a healthy lifestyle. Think of food like it’s medicine and use it to work for you and keep you fit (versus what a lot of people do with eating fast food and the like, and it makes them ill). Pay attention to your activity and movement.
Take care of yourself now so that your body and mind can fight for you later.
3. We need to have an emergency fund:
While you’re creating that spending plan, take note of emergency funds. This is the longest rainy day/period ever. For anyone who couldn’t figure out why they needed an emergency fund before, I hope it all makes sense now. You should have about 3-6 months’ worth of living expenses put away, and it should be untouched except for in an emergency. This might seem like a lot. However, the purpose is to give you a cushion if you lose your job or need some time to transition between jobs. Going forward, this is also your pandemic relief fund. Basically, it’s so that you don’t go into debt or have to sell you prized possessions to get by.
4. There is goodness and humanity, even in the darkness:
At the start of the pandemic, there was a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) among hospitals and health care facilities, and many health care workers were reusing the same disposable mask for days or weeks at a time. Immediately, community members gathered together to procure masks, 3D print face shields, and hand sew masks and scrub caps for health care workers. Restaurants were donating food to hospital workers and first responders. And people were volunteering to bring groceries to the elderly.
5. Life is precious. Be grateful for what we have:
With over 225 thousand lives lost to the pandemic in the United States to date (and over 1.1 million worldwide), this pandemic has made me re-think my priorities and remember how precious life is.
It has been a reminder to appreciate the smaller things in life – the things I often take for granted. With so many deaths each day, I am grateful for my family and friends, even if it means video calls and text messages while we cannot see each other in-person. With so many people falling ill, I am grateful for my health. With so many people losing jobs and becoming homeless, I am grateful for the food in my fridge and a place to call home. This pandemic has made me re-evaluate my life and assess my priorities and served as a reminder of how precious life is and appreciate the small things in life.
6. Our teachers are so, so important:
How many parents are home schooling right now? How many think that poking their eyes out with a hot stick would be less painful? Our teachers are some of the most essential people in our society. They really work hard and deserve so much more respect and money than they currently get. When schools or Universities reopen and we continue moving forward with life, let’s give our teachers a huge shout-out and advocate for their support.
7.Take care of yourslf:
Taking care of yourself is something so underestimated nowadays. Whether due to a lack of time or due to too much stress in everyday life or for a whatever reason, people don’t devote enough time to themselves.
While in isolation, I’ve had a lot of time to think and realize that actually taking care of myself is one of the things that makes me happy. I mean little things that I believe are available to everyone. These little things are actually the ones that help me find myself.
Note: Remember that the best life lesson is learned during hard times and when we make mistakes.
Enjoy your life and appreciate what you have. Just think about the fact that there are people in the world with less. Be happy and positive for everything around you and you will become a stonger person. In sha Allah…..