Covid 19 – the name itself gives us shivers. It came by surprise and halted our lives. All those year-long plans flushed away instantly. Life seems engulfed with never ending waits as we are eager to see the loved ones.
We all saw how our doctors, nurses, security personnel and every person related to essential service could not go to their homes and see their own families for many days. News channels drenched us with alarming figures of coronavirus cases, increasing death rates, migration of workers, people fighting for food and many more devastating stories.
It is difficult to remain positive especially when we are surrounded by a plethora of negativity. Strangely, there is always a positive side to negative. We explored that positivity through nature when unusual sightings of animals were spotted not only in India but around the world. Remember – Dolphins in Mumbai, Olive Ridley turtles nesting in daylight on the coast of Odisha, dancing peacocks and civets roaming on empty streets. It felt as if nature is telling us – who is the boss now! It was positivity. In fact, it was the moment of truth for us. Nature gave us a chance to stop and think.
Adding to it, we got enough time to spend with family. We played games with our children, cooked food, ate together, chatted for hours, fell in love all over again, smiled and laughed with family, talked to friends over phone whom we had forgotten a decade ago. We got time to do those things which were on our to do list since long. This is it, this is life. We all realised nothing is as important as ‘family’.
We even got a ‘me time’ during the lockdown. Personally, I happened to read some interesting books on archaeology, explored some podcasts brewed with positivity, planned and created content for a youtube channel, brushed-up my English and French skills, started a healthy routine, exercised and practiced Yoga, painted a canvas and planned this blog. I had never imagined all this. Moreover, this super productive routine was not possible prior to the spread of this pandemic. True, we are surrounded by negativity but this change was much needed to make us realise what we have and how less we need to live a happy and healthy life. This is a different kind of happiness.
Positive attitude is everything. If we remain positive nothing is impossible. It gave us the strength and a ray of hope to go ahead with the flow of life. Sharing beautiful lines from the book ‘The Light in the Heart’ by Roy T. Bennett – “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create”.