PANDEMIC LIFE LESSONS
Let’s all take a moment to process the fact that we are just 4 months away from 2021 and try to come out from our respective states of mea-culpa, should-have-dones, excuses and so much more. We are gradually coming to terms with the fact that 2020 perhaps wasn’t our year because none of the master plan turned out as planned.
There’s so much of negativity out there- economic slowdown blues, severe job cuts, rampant lawlessness, floods, border tensions, meaningless vague journalism and not just COVID 19! (They say even the God has been merciless in His act this time) Can we do anything about it? Or is it already too late to learn pandemic life lessons ?
My dear friend, just sit back, relax and read on.
PANDEMIC LESSONS IN LIFE
The Coronavirus pandemic has certainly put so many things to halt, but not so much so in retrospect. Now, we aren’t just food lovers but pandemic lessons have made us our very own Chefs. From Indian to Italian, we’ve tried it all. (That too with a pinch of Indianness) Youtube has been our guiding light throughout and internet unquestionably has been put to good use now. We’ve understood that cleaning house, washing dishes, cooking food are basic life skills and not gender role.
Our parents have come by with rather different pandemic life lessons. They have become Pro in Ludo while we have learnt to value people around. While our Grannies are learning to make video calls, we are simply getting better at being human. Henceforth, they are no more technologically challenged and we are no more self-absorbed.
We as a society are now giving due credits to every profession. All in all, we have become mature in dealing with people and relationships. Necessities have become priorities, not wishes & desires. Fridays no more mean ‘Netflix and chill’ but after dishes and laundry is when we actually chill.
PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED
I still can’t vouch for the fate of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat but as ‘pandemic lessons learned’ I can most certainly guarantee my own Aatma Nirbharta. What else can be done ; Quoting Mr. Keating from Dead Poet’s Society- “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for”.
Identify your passion that keeps you alive and work towards it. Begin now so that you have few good things to talk about 2020 and not just this pandemic.
Remember, you’re never too old for a new dream and a new start. Make the most of the rest of 2020 by picking up a new skill now! Believe me, it’ll bore fruits eventually.
To be interesting, be interested – Dale Carnegie.
IMROZ FARHAD NOOR is a co-founder and chief blogger of NEEROZ. He studied English Literature and Journalism. A number of articles, stories, short stories, poems have been published in reputed magazines and newspapers. He writes scripts for short movies, web series. He has been a radio announcer.He loves to read Psychology and Philosophy. He spends his spare time in drawing and playing basketball. He loves to travel. He speaks Hindi, English, and Urdu. ( learning Spanish ).