“Look on the bright side, then make it brighter.”

With practically the whole world on lockdown, it’s natural to feel helpless and wonder, is there anything in our control at all?

There is. Emotional growth and connecting with family and friends on a more intimate level.

COVID-19 is no doubt bringing an avalanche of distress to individuals, businesses, economy and of course, health. And there’s so little we can do individually (besides voice our opinions).

We can, however, psychologically. Here are a few things that staying at home has practically forced me to do but in the long-run, I’m happy for the unexpected opportunity. Of course, like anyone else, I’m not happy of the “how” and “why” of these opportunities. I wish the circumstances were better.

Firstly, I’ve learned to introspect. Like many others, I am a victim of my day job being put on hold and thus, find myself with a lot more time on my hands. I’ve used the time to look at my writing, both current and past, and study my growth and where I could still be better. That may sound highly narcissistic, but it’s not. The introspection is not an exercise of patting myself on the back but rather, the process of looking over material with a fine tooth comb to see how I can improve myself.

Secondly, I’m connecting more with family members digitally than ever before. In the past ten days, I’ve had two video calls with relatives outside of the country which is a record for me as previously, we would barely chat once every couple of years as as there was never really an incentive to do so. Now, eager to know how everyone’s holding, we all seem much more enthusiastic to connect.

And last but certainly not least, the world itself seems more relatable then ever. Other countries, regardless of color and religion, are now a symbol of empathy. For the first time in years, we’re all connected by a tragedy that’s the same everywhere. In recent years, shootings, bombings, genocide, etc all led to sympathy but not necessarily empathy as all those events occurred in one particular country, state or city. COVID-19 is something that is effecting every place and every person in the world. Some obviously have it much harder than others depending on where they live and what they do for a living. Still, there’s an aspect of relatibility as the causation is the same everywhere.

Again, the context of all three points are obviously not favorable. We all wish that the growth alluded to in this post could be under better circumstances. But it’s not. We can’t change the circumstances. We can however decide how much of a balance we’ll keep between doing what we have to do, (social distancing, stocking up supplies, staying indoors, etc) and what can do willingly (activities similar to what I’ve written about).

How are you coping with COVID-19? Do you see even a kernel of a bright side? Do you find yourself doing things you never had the chance to do before? If so, what are they? If not, what would you like to do that you still can’t? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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