How can we stay positive in these times – a few ideas
Let’s face it, the first half of 2020 hasn’t exactly been a blast: while “quarantine”, “death rate”, and “lockdown” might just be the most frequently used words this year; sadness, frustration and devastation fill people’s hearts all over the world.
Although the situation seems to be getting better, the issue of COVID-19 remains seemingly unsolvable, and an immediate solution to the problems still seems out of reach.
Wait. Hold up. This is not supposed to be that kind of article that makes you want to throw in the towel and think: “I have had enough of this”. As stated by Harry S. Truman, “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties”; so why not look on the bright side and view this situation optimistically? We are aware that a positive perspective towards the current situation cannot be taken by everyone. This article is written from a privileged standpoint.
Let’s see what is still making us smile during these crazy times:
- We all know many people who are stranded across the globe, but we can also see that, in some cases, COVID-19 has brought people closer to each other. Indeed, when everything was “normal”, many would spend their days at the office, having no time to spend with their friends and family. Now most people work from home. All of those who needed a reconnection with their family might be thankful that they can now do everything in close proximity to their loved ones. Though, we don’t want to disregard the care work and challenges that families and especially women face at home.
- Even though many people have been/will be laid off from their jobs, the situation has also created new employment opportunities in the creative and computing sectors. Many brands and shops are now going online, changing their business model, showing that people want to be better prepared for the future, in case any similar situation happens again.
- Spending months alone constrained by lockdown will have led to a lot of frustration and emotional stress. But is it not the perfect opportunity to better understand ourselves and make our lives better? How many of us hardly pay attention to ourselves? For some, lockdown has created a pathway to pursue their hobbies: maybe someone wanted to paint, do carpentry or gardening, etc., and the pandemic has given them the time to do what was previously impossible due to time constraints.
- No matter what we do for a living or how rich we are, everything finally comes down to our health. People seem more focused on maintaining their health now, as they have understood the importance of it.
- Mundane activities, such as going for a walk or going shopping, were always taken for granted under normal circumstances. The pandemic has forced us to appreciate and understand the significance of the small things in life. To all those still in lockdown, I bet the next thing on your mind is ‘when can I go out and see the streets again?’
- Worrying about the virus has forced many of us to give more importance to hygiene. We now understand how important it is for us to maintain sanitization in our daily life. Indeed, there is now a sanitizer installed almost everywhere. Right now, we might be using it out of necessity, but sometime in the near future, this might become a habit inculcated in our daily lives.
- Mother nature has had a well-deserved break from pollution: in many cities worldwide, air quality has increased, waste diminished, and the animal kingdom has had the chance to reclaim some of its spaces. So far, it has been a great year for the natural world!
- Solidarity and concern for fellow human beings has increased. Many have started donations to help those in need, while some are volunteering to give out food for the homeless. Across the planet, you can see how both governments and individuals are trying to help each other to survive this pandemic. Because at the end of the day, it is not the boundaries that matter, but people’s lives. No matter what religion, ethnicity, or gender you belong to, we cannot solve anything if we are not united. At PROJECT-E we have also seen change. Since the beginning of march we had 49 new applications and got 11 new members on board. The team has grown in number of volunteers and applicants regardless or even because of the current situation of COVID-19. It is amazing to see so many people willing to join our community and contribute little by little for creating a better world out there. We are growing and evolving into a bigger team now with which we can tackle larger and variety of projects.
In conclusion, no matter how bad the situation might get, sticking together is the only way to work through times like these. And hey, there are always a multitude of reasons to look on the bright side, even during the most desperate of times.
Written by Anktiha Raksha / Lorenzo Gubbini