“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston S. Churchill
The lockdown which followed the global pandemic has gripped nations across the world with fear. People have become terrified about what’s going to happen next and how they’re going to overcome this time in their lives. However, as Churchill had said, success isn’t a final for every process we go through neither is failure a fatal. Nevertheless, what matters is that we bear the courage to continue despite everything being thrown our way. Despite all the obstacles and hurdles, we must have the courage to continue and finally overcome the difficulty.
The same should be considered during this brutal time of coronavirus. Despite it taking away several lives, we should have the courage to face it and overcome it with all of our might. We should also think about the various life lessons we have learnt during the lockdown imposed on us due to coronavirus. Here’s eight of them with which everyone might be familiar.
1. Life is temporary.
You never know what might happen. Half a year back, we would not have even thought that something like this would happen. Being locked up in our rooms, having nowhere to go, not being able to enjoy and live life, these are just the few things which we never expected to happen, but it did. Every moment in our life is fleeting. The luxuries we enjoyed having in our life are now dull and void. So we should have been more thankful and happy for what we had and not taken those things for granted.
2. Humans undervalue the importance of touch.
No matter what happens now, whether you are sad or happy, there’s always going to be second thoughts about hugging someone now. You’ll keep on wondering whether I should touch him/her or not whereas previously you didn’t think of hugging your best friend at every chance you got.
3. Whatever we say about our schools or colleges, we do miss them.
Yes, some institutions are havng online classes, but it’s not the same. Sitting together, sometimes passing chits, gossiping with each other and teasing friends, all have a special essence only if you are doing it face to face. For this, going to schools/colleges is important. Moreover, working from home for office goers is good but not great. There are many negativities of working from home which people might not have thought of before this. So no matter what you think or say, you do miss your schools, colleges and offices.
4. Youngsters do value rules and comply.
There has been an unwritten fact that youngsters are the ones who are known to break the rules. After all, people think that rebellion is in every youngster’s blood. However, the lockdown has proved that youngsters can and do value rules and try their best to comply.
5. The number of people we value is extremely less.
The shocking part is that even though we know so many people, we don’t care for each one of them as much as we are supposed to. The number of people we actually want to talk to has been illuminated even more during this time. I’m sure that it definitely shocks you to see how fewer people are there actually to talk to you as well as listen to you. However, there’s absolutely no doubt that we need people in our lives to continue living.
6. People can be cruel, reckless and judgemental in any situation.
It doesn’t matter how bad the situation is or how needy the people are; it doesn’t stop them from being both cruel and judgmental. There have been points during this lockdown which has shown that people have a strange mentality that if they are suffering, others should too. It’s a sick mentality which further sheds light on the fact that despite it being a global pandemic, people can’t stop being cruel.
7. Be grateful for our freedom
We should be grateful for the freedom that we usually have to move around and go anywhere we want. We should also be more careful enough to be more mindful of the impact that our actions have on our surroundings.
8. We have to learn to be happy with our own company.
For those who are living alone, they have no choice but to be happy and satisfied with their own company. This also teaches us to love ourselves as well as care for ourselves. Self-love and self-care is the best thing, and to practice it often gives you a shot to be happier than you would have been otherwise.
These are the few life lessons this global pandemic has taught us. There’s no way to know how long this is going to last or how long we’ll have to cope with this. Here’s hoping that God gives us enough strength to get through this and helps us come out of this even stronger than we were before.