Ever since the news about Corona virus and COVID1 broke out, the world has changed. It has changed for ever. It might have started outside India; however, we are fighting with this invisible enemy since end of January 2020. It really feels the new year never started or started with a bad omen. The uncertain future and unprecedented environment helped only negativity to flourish initially.
I do not think even a single human being is untouched by COVID19 as of today. Some have been directly and most of us have been indirectly. Everyone is fighting their own battles, big or small whatsoever. There is lack of amenities, unemployment, movement restrictions due to lockdown and all the negative affect it is having on the world economy. Some are even predicting that it is going south, further than the Great depression.
But humans are gritty souls. God has made them strong to take the challenges head on and using their strength and wisdom humans will overcome any problem. Staying positive is a choice that we have to make, to survive. We have been taught to look at the positive side in adversities too. So here I am making all of us count at least 5 good things or 5 good changes that COVID1 has brought us closer to.
Top 5 Things Corona Virus or COVID-1 gave us
1. Relief from Pollution:
It is not very long ago that we were worried about our health due to the heavy smog and pollution level. On one of the day’s when the AQI reached 1500. It was beyond the AQI scale of measurement which is only till 500. I remember, Our vision was blurred even inside house. And me and my husband rushed to buy air purifier. With the lockdown in action, most of the industries are closed, people are not on road with vehicles even the public transport is closed. All this had brought the AQI level as low as Good and moderate.
We can go to work and all only if we survive from pollution.
Not just the air pollution but even the rivers are cleaner. They have revived themselves and cleaned up their ecosystem in the last 60 days. We all have seen pictures of river Yamuna before and after the lockdown. The river got cleaned, it cleaned better than what the government does by spending lakhs of rupees.
This is not just the case in India but all over the world. The stink of Venice water is gone, the water is fresh and even Dolphins have returned.
2. Enhanced Culinary skill:
I do not remember when the last time before lockdown, that I experimented so much with my culinary skills. Like many I watched cookery shows, recipes of different dished on internet but hardly tried any. The reason was many, there was so much more to do.
I will tell you honestly, ladies are not cooking because they love to cook. They are cooking to keep the families occupied. With everyone at home, I am sure your grocery bills have gone up many folds like mine, but that’s ok. Binge eating surely helps us in staying positive. Ladies keep experimenting and family is happy eating, if not eating at least by judging the dish they are staying away from negativity and stress.
All the ladies I know have tried making Jalebi, cakes, samosa and even Golgappe at home.
Believe me they do not do it for fun, or because they do not have anything better to do. They do it so that the family gets something interesting in otherwise boring days.
3. Quality time with Family:
All the old board games are out, kids are seen playing and being more active inside house like never before. We can see families binge watching together, there are planned movie times for entire family. People are taking up long lost hobbies like gardening, cooking, singing, and dancing. Families are jamming inside home.
I have never done so much of craft and artwork even as a child that I have done with kids now. Thankfully, we had so many things at home from which we could create something.
Basically, all homes are happy homes.
Carom, Ludo may be offline or online. With immediate family, extended family or with friends. The important aspect is staying connected. Knowing that everyone is doing good, they are safe and bonding over these little chats, games, and video calls. Thanks to the robust telecom infrastructure of our country that with a sudden stress on the bandwidth it did not crumble. Otherwise it would have been further boring.
4. Humanity at its best:
Humans are humans because they have compassion, empathy, and selfless attitude. Along the 21st century, in the race of life we were losing it somewhere. CoVID-19 has made us realize that our life does not depend just on us but on the entire society. If we have to survive this pandemic, it is possible only when we think about larger community and fight it as ‘we’ and not just I.
We have so many people from different backgrounds working tirelessly, without caring about their own safety. So that we can get what we want, and we can live inside our houses.
The delivery guys, doctors, nurses, police, sanitation workers, social workers and so many commoners doing best to their capacity.
People are giving free shelter, dry ration, food, monetary donations what every they can to best of their capabilities. I see people coming out just to feed stray animals, keeping water outside gate for all animals and birds. This is what God made humans intelligent for, therefore he gave us emotions and capacity to think.
5. It took us closer to God:
We all always prayed, irrespective of our religion. That is what is taught to us since childhood. Have you felt lately that since the life has become so much unpredictable, unsafe and things are so scary you pray more frequent? And you pray with more heart, vigour, and faith in it? There are no places of worship open, but still prayers are gone up. We want our family to be safe. All of us, the entire human race should get over this pandemic with least possible damage, we pray not just for self but for entire mankind.
God is with us, we have faith that the almighty will take us out safely.
He will, we as humans just need to follow the steps and advisory issued by the government to protect ourselves from this pandemic. When we keep ourselves safe, we keep people around us safe, and in turns we can keep the entire world safe.
This is the real proof that one person can bring a huge change, and in this case that person is you.
Do add if you think there are more positive things that COVID19 has brought to us. Or positive changes it caused in our life.
One of the things still come to my mind is due to humans being locked in homes, animals are happier lot and reclaiming what was there’s always. Have your seen viral videos of deer in Kerala, Neel gai in Noida and Kangaroos hopping on the streets of Australia. There are many such on internet.
Everyone has a different reaction, even if we all are in same situation. Do not forget to check out a great post by Gurjeet, where she speaks about new challenges and how do we handle them.
Enjoy your life, these days and this opportunity of spending quality time is never going to come again in life. Think Positive, stay home stay safe.