Ever since the rise of the recent global pandemic that has shaken the whole world, there has been a drastic shift in the lifestyle of each and every individual around the globe. Many have had to make numerous adjustments in their daily lives. Many who are so accustomed to moving around all the time are forced to stay at home and have minimal physical interaction with those around them.
However, there have also been positive changes that has been evidently apparent during these difficult times as well. We can see people from all over the world, from all walks of life, regardless of racial and religious backgrounds, coming together to help one another. We can also see that in order for things to get better, humanity has no choice but to do everything in a collective manner i.e. Stay At Home. A simple yet profound statement enforced by governments all over the world for everyone to follow in order to stay safe and break the chain of the Corona Virus.
Despite this, I see numerous people complaining about being on lockdown. I get it, it’s not easy, but c’mon people, it is for YOUR OWN GOOD. There are so many people less fortunate than you unable to ‘stay at home’ because they don’t even have a home to stay at in the first place. There are so many people in the frontline who are forced to go to work, risking their lives every single day. Many of these people haven’t seen their families for weeks. Some are even losing their jobs because of this global pandemic. And yet, here you are, whining about how bored and horrible you feel Staying SAFELY at the comfort of your Own HOME?
Many have also been asking me: “So how are you taking this lockdown/MCO?”
My usual answer: “My life in general is pretty much a lockdown so nothing much is different for me 😂”
I say this jokingly but it is indeed a fact. I mean, “WELCOME to the life of Nadeera & many many others battling with a rare disorder or some form of disability guys!!” 🤷🏻♀️
Many people take a lot of things for granted. One of which is the ability to go out and about whenever they felt like it. Alas, it isn’t that simple and straightforward for many of us. We, the differently-abled, are usually highly dependant on those around us if we wish to get to a certain destination. This can leave us feeling like we are a burden to others and for this very reason, we usually avoid going out as much as we can. Also, many of us with rare disorders often have chronic pain coupled with chronic fatigue so going out often for long periods of time also drains us physically. This makes us just want to stay at home. Which is often termed by others as being “lazy”. Yes, we are “lazy” because we are ALWAYS TIRED. Not a feeling we enjoy trust me! Most of us actually enjoy going out and socializing but certain circumstances forces us to stay indoors. To top that, many of us often have a friendly visitor i.e. Depression aka D, lurking behind us at all times because of these circumstances. And this D fella sure doesn’t make things easier for us. In fact, oftentimes he wants to take control and push everyone good away because he’s so full of himself that he thinks he can be the only best friend you’ll ever have.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not whining or seeking for self pity here but what I’m trying to put across to all of you is that that are so many others who have been in much worse situations than you, so many who are still going through very trying times and there will also probably be more challenging days ahead for many of us. However, try to look at the bright side of things. Look at how the world is uniting to help one another. Look at how in order to eradicate this deadly pandemic, we all HAVE TO come together and stay UNITED in both our thoughts and in our actions. Look at how Mother Earth has a chance to finally breathe freely for a bit. Look for more ways we can reach out to others in need. If we all look harder, we will start to see there is actually a bright light at the end of this seemingly dark tunnel we are in right now and that there is so much we can do to make the situation better.
With that, I would like to end with a quotation from the Bahá’í Writings:
“In a day such as this, when the tempests of trials and tribulations have encompassed the world, and fear and trembling have agitated the planet, ye must rise above the horizon of firmness and steadfastness with illumined faces and radiant brows in such wise that, God willing, the gloom of fear and consternation may be entirely obliterated, and the light of assurance may dawn above the manifest horizon and shine resplendently.”
Stay HOME, Stay SAFE!
Your Imperfect Nut