Over the last month, life has drastically changed around the world. The coronavirus outbreak is not just an epidemic, it’s also a global pandemic. People everywhere are being asked to stay home and stay away from others in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Corona has brought with it a wave of negative outcomes, terrible illness and death, but it also highlighted some important life lessons.
After going through some tough times myself these past few weeks due to the pandemic, I told myself that I refuse to accept defeat. I do believe everything happens for a reason and that there are ALWAYS valuable life lessons that can be learned through any given situation.
These lessons I've learned upon self-reflection, has helped bring me some inner peace, made me rethink how I can improve my life, and above all, remind myself that the more you try to control life, the more you'll feel like losing control. The only powerful thing which I CAN control, that impacts the results I get in my life, are my thoughts.
Here are the 5 valuable life lessons Covid-19 has taught me:
#1 HOW LITTLE WE REALLY NEED
It is quite human to say, "I need this, I need that..." But during these challenging times, where survival is in question, it really pushes one to be honest with ourselves and realize, what are the things that we really need?
It is not materialistic or grand things, but rather, just basic things. Such as food, water, shelter, and our loved ones.
Everything else, are things we could actually live just fine without.
#2 WHAT REALLY MATTERS
It is easy to pick on little things in life and try to have everything be perfect like how we'd like it to be, but living through this pandemic, really opening my eyes to realize that I could just lose a loved one tomorrow, slapped me right in the face with fear and reality.
All the petty little things I sometimes pick at, seems so minute now. What really matters, is being alive, being grateful for waking up every morning, enjoying the good and bad of this life, and surrounding myself with people that matter to me.
Planning ferociously and worrying about the future is something I admit doing a lot, but like I said, what does really matter? What matters, is to enjoy this present moment that I have.
#3 TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED
I would term myself as a person that is grateful for many things in life. However, Covid-19 made me realize that there are more things to be really grateful for that I may take absolutely for granted unknowingly.
Having the freedom to step out of my own door anytime, to walk anywhere without fear of possibly getting infected with a deadly virus. Oh how life has changed, just within a blink of an eye.
My level of gratefulness for all of life's little blessings has taken on a whole new meaning.
#4 A PERSON'S VALUES THROUGH ADVERSITY
It is during the worst times of your life that you will get to see the true colors of the people who say they care for you.
- Ritu Ghatourey
It is sad that during this moment of adversity, there are people who instead of thinking for their community and how they can help others, show their most selfish side of themselves.
When companies have to cut working hours and therefore pay in order to survive through this pandemic (and hopefully not have to terminate all employees!), there are some employees who are not understanding. Rather than be thankful for still having a job, they choose to be upset with their bosses for making these adjustments.
And not to mention, there are people fighting over toilet paper (I mean literally being physically violent to another person). I understand that all of us has to stay home more, thus our toilet paper consumption in a day will naturally increase. However, is there a need to buy almost (or all) all the toilet paper in sight?
To those that hoard, if you see another person in need of just one roll, will you really suffer if you gave away one roll?
It makes me sick to see that there are such people with this "to each their own" mentality.
#5 CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT
If you had only one job, one source of income, and lost your job due to this pandemic, but you still have bills to pay, a family that depends on you, what are you gonna do?
Because I run several businesses, I am thankful that I am not stuck in this predicament like many others in this world.
Very honestly, some of my businesses have taken a sharp hit due to the pandemic, but some are not.
Moral of the story? Try to not have only one source of income at any one point of time. Whether it is trying your hand at investments, starting a small online business, teaching online, working part-time at a farm, whatever that it is, diversify the sources of income that you have. This will help reduce the possibility of putting you in a financial fix whenever one source of your income gets disrupted.
One very scary question I ask myself though...
What if one day there was no internet? What then??
Honestly. I have zero idea how I will react. Perhaps, first I will freak out, then tell myself to pull it together before I snap, have some chocolate, then sit down, think about how I’m going to rethink all my life plans (yet again).
Ok, touch wood! For now, all is still fine. Praise the Lord!
Once you’ve watched today's episode, I’d love to hear from you.
Which life lesson resonated with you the most? What life lessons of your own did you discover through this pandemic? Do share your knowledge and experience in the comments below.
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Live strong, and have the courage to create a life you love because your happiness matters.
With SO much 💖,
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