Covid-19 is a wakeup call. A massive blaring siren. It’s screaming at us to look around and be bigger and better than only ourselves in our own tiny little lives. Ironic how, in a world that is already so mentally disconnected, physical disconnection hits just a tad bit harder.
Some call it a pain. Some call it a break. Some even call it a lesson.
But COVID-19 is a test. The test of perspective. How are you doing so far?
Q1. Each and every day is:
CHOICE 1: a platter of agony.
CHOICE 2: a branch of strength.
CHOICE 3: identical to the last.
Subjective to how this tornado waltzed into your life, you’re probably stuck on one of the three.
No matter where you are in your life, no matter what you do to cope, no matter how much you care and no matter how hard it gets: perspectives mold decisions and those decisions end up changing you. This virus will leave us as different individuals, having deeper views on what we encountered, on how we dealt with it and what we learnt. Thus, forever changed from the magnitude of what we went through.
This is what I want to talk about. This process of change- for some, this episode of introspection and for others, this chapter of grief. So,
Q2. How do you ace any test? Easy. Study.
Q3. How do you ace humanity’s test? You can’t.
We, as a species, are going through a phase I would like to call The Run of Resilience. Cheesy? Yes. But stay with me. These circumstances have gone way beyond just testing our response framework and basic healthcare mechanisms. It has provided us with an arduous mental routine straying us from our customary pattern of living life.
We are “locked up” but “with conscious volition.”
Paradoxical. Difficult. Doable.
That’s the beauty of the human mind. We make conscious decisions. We disfavour ourselves for those decisions, but we exercise them anyways because we know what’s right.
So, how do we deal with this conscious neglect of what we wish for? Personal perspective.
“It’s not worth it.” “I think it’ll be better if I wait.” “This is not even a choice.” “Argh I need to get out.” “Who cares if I get out. I’m a free individual.”
My point being: How we look at this virus will decide what we do. What we do will decide how this virus will affect us. How it affects us will decide how we look at the virus. And the cycle keeps going.
So, we may not feel the gravity of perspective when locked within the comfort of our home, but it’s there.
Here, I leave you with one thought: Choose your perspective on the virus carefully- your perspective shapes your thought and thus, paves your path.