Sometime last month, I shared my concerns with a friend about how the month of March decided not to be friendly to the people and the planet. In my words, “March isn’t smiling” and her heart warming response was, “It will smile eventually”. I found comfort in her words because of the conviction, “this too shall pass away” but here we are in April still battling with the pandemic, worried that getting to the light at the end of the tunnel may be a long journey after all.
I sincerely hope we all heal from this global torture we are faced with as soon as possible. I can’t wait to travel at will, get reassuring hugs from loved ones, shake hands, visit and be visited, attend social gatherings, dance my heart out in church, have cinema trips etc (you can add your list too).
In all honesty, it’s terrifying how a lot can change in a second. Who would have thought that barely 100 days into year 2020, every part of the world would be hit with the reality and/or fear of the Corona Virus?
Right here in my humble abode, lying on the tiles because Enugu Electricity Distribution Company and Climate Change are competing for a winner-gets-nothing recognition in conjunction with boredom, I got the inspiration to write this piece. Like the saying goes, boredom sparks creativity😉
According to World Health Organization, Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. From politics to entertainment, Soccer to NBA, whites to people of colour, there have been series of COVID-19 positive test results and the fear of who would be the next to be caught in the web keeps popping subconsciously. Sometimes, there are imaginary symptoms you feel and you begin to bind and cast even when you haven’t stepped out from your home nor had a close contact with a suspected case (True or true?)
At the time of publishing this post, Nigeria already has a total of 254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and there is the possibility of the cases doubling or even escalating following the trend of positive test results being published.
Sadly, the Nigeria Health System may be overwhelmed and that is one experience I wish we do not have. Beyond this, there is also the fight against ignorance, conspiracy theories, fake news, poverty, religious fanaticism that are on the high rise as well. You will agree with me that these are really complicated times!
Since the onset of the pandemic, I have had musings about certain realizations and I thought to share:
- The world is indeed a global village and no matter what theories that politics, race, religion, media etc., bring to light, we are interconnected; we are one people cohabiting the same planet. Just one case of COVID-19 reported in Wuhan, China, has impacted the world within three months. This further proves the saying that diseases respect no borders. What affects Europe today, if not properly attended to may affect Africa tomorrow, either directly or indirectly.
- Health is Wealth 💯%. Since the lockdown, the priority we adore is this- WE WANT TO LIVE! There are no more worries about what to wear, how to look, vacations, hangouts; all that matters is inhaling the right amount of Oxygen!!! Now, we cherish things we took for granted and when the need arises, immerse ourselves in throwbacks.
Washing hands, using alcohol based sanitizers, social distancing, staying clean are now compulsory self care tips. People are now conscious of their health and believe they haven’t planted their legacies on the sands of time to leave the world due to carelessness. This is amazing, trust me.
- If you have always depended on your career, classes and the likes as sources of distraction with respect to embracing your mental health status, this lockdown is a silent humbling process. You are left with yourself and boredom would leave you most times with no choice but to truly seek help from the right people before it gets too late. Don’t feel ashamed to speak up. You deserve the best for yourself.
- There are individuals who derive “joy” in creating, re-creating, spreading fake news and have the uncommon courage to present such in packages that seem true. This period has taught me that I have the power to filter what I listen to, read or allow to go through my dear heart. I honestly feel you should do the same. Verify stories before you share. Let’s disrupt the chain of fake news by not sharing. Some people don’t have the grace to know the difference and they go ahead to apply whatever wrong theory has been taught. Let’s help save such people from disaster.
- Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. I have learned that there is great power in humanity and reaching out to people through calls (voice/video), messages, mails are acceptable forms of kindness. Check in on people, we all need a pat on the back, one way or the other. I also advice you share what you can with people who depend largely on daily income. Your #1000 would go a long way in helping out. Special shout out to my darling friend, Tawakalit Kareem who has raised over a million naira to help vulnerable people during this lockdown. She is a Queen!
I hope this period teaches you the need to stay in sync with what your purpose is. Don’t feel pressured but don’t slack. Try to enjoy this moment of rest while making sure you work towards getting better at who you are.
My heart goes out to all those who have lost their loved ones to the virus. May you be comforted. To those who are yet to recover from the virus (Boris Johnson and all others), may your testimony come forth. To those who have recovered, I am so proud of your strength. God be praised!
To all health workers who work round the clock to ensure safety of all while risking their lives, you are loved and your sacrifices are worthy.
To governments across the world, there is no better time than now to strengthen our health systems for everyone, everywhere. We do not need to wait for another pandemic before doing the needful.
To you my dear reader, remember, the virus doesn’t spread on its own, it needs humans on the move so #StayHome and #StaySafe.
Till the next time,
Don’t forget to share kindness.