If for nothing at all, I believe the COVID-19 nightmare brought out the compassion trait that laid dormant in most people. For those of us who missed out on plagues, wars, famines some decades back, for the first time, we came to the harshest realization that we all needed one another alive.
The glaring fact of death and life put a lot of things into perspective making us realize that most of the things we bothered ourselves about were actually not that important in the grand scheme of things.
For creatives around the world, be it writers, songwriters and singers, artists, it was impressed on us to put our personal issues aside and put on the coat of inspirational doctors – reminding the world that we were stronger together and that we would definitely ride out this storm and come out survivors.
And guess what, here we are – thanks to the grace of God.
It was an interesting year for creatives; at least for me, it was. On some days, I felt so heavyhearted that it was challenging to write even though I had the time to; mostly because of the alarming rates at which people were succumbing to the virus around the world. On other days, it rather gingered me to keep hope alive that this wouldn’t be the end of us; at least it would strengthen some characters and compel us to relook at our priorities in life.
Now vaccines rolling out in most countries, it feels like we are finally coming out of the woods. As relieving as that might feel, I believe we shouldn’t stop encouraging and being there for others – especially those who lost loved ones to the pandemic. For most people, they couldn’t say goodbye properly and hence haven’t gotten the needed closure to move on. Let’s be mindful of the COVID jokes we tell; it could be done in a well-intentioned way but it could deeply offend someone.
Let’s keep inspiring others. A dose a day keeps the…anxiety and depression away, I hope?