Monday, October 25, 2021

2020 – A lesson in life

Written by VP

Fear, anxiety, loss, despair, hopelessness, depression; more negative adjectives can define 2020. The year willy-nilly divided human existence into two epochs – pre-Covid and post-Covid. Will life ever be the same again? Pessimists would shake their heads in a firm no. Yet there is a breed out there, however, limited in numbers, which believes there is learning in it – they are called the optimists. They trust that behind every cloud lies a silver lining; even if a slim, almost invisible sliver. The optimists will tread that line, hoping against hope, yet never giving up.

For them, Coronavirus comes as a teacher. Really! So, what is the brighter side? Is there any? Are there lessons for life, a life that seems transient as the virus marches on relentlessly? They answer in a firm yes! For them, it has been a year of intense learning, a year of introspection, a year of restraint, a year of thought.

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Amid the chaos, one word that has repeatedly banged on the doors of their existence is family; the value of near and dear ones, who were often ignored in their mindless pursuit of material gains. Was it worthwhile to earn if the family was ignored in the process? Was a Ferrari worth more than that time when their child took the first steps? Something Corona taught – life is a gift to be enjoyed each moment. Probably that’s why it’s called the present’. The finiteness of human existence; the fallacy that one would live to grow old amid all the riches accrued during a lifetime of struggle was broken in a split second. The optimist learnt. Time has gone by does not come back. Did we actually need a Corona to tell us that?

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They call it the new normal now. People are working from home; putting in harder hours on the laptop, earning a future for their family. Yet the optimist believes the change is about; now if a child knocks on the door as the dad is fervently at work, he opens it; forgets about work and hugs the tiny-tot, takes a break and then lovingly plays with his dinky car. That’s life, easy and simple.

Are you an optimist?

(From the editor’s desk, e-mail me at editor@voiceaajkal.com.au)

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