All of us welcomed New Year 2020 with a lot of excitement and looked forward to the promise it brought with it.
Little did we know what was in store. By February the world was reeling under the effects of a virus. The corona virus that originated in China in December 2019 had brought the whole world to it’s knees.
Nothing was the same again.
Countries across the planet went into a lockdown. Life came to a standstill.
Schools, colleges, offices, malls and markets shut down. There was a strange silence all around. The lockdown changed lives. We were locked in, with the locked down.
While people stayed home to stay safe, nature started healing itself.
The air was cleaner and fresh, the sky was a beautiful blue and we could actually hear the chirping of birds and the buzz of insects.
And on the human front, pyjamas were the dress code for all occasions, gloves and masks became the only accessories we carried. While all the fancy clothes stayed on hangers in closets.
Every one deals with situations differently.
Coping mechanisms we call them. We found ways to stay busy.
Social media played a huge role in keeping everyone entertained. Games, puzzles, recipes and ideas to stay safe were shared.
The rooms of the house became the new hangout spots. Imagine watching Netflix all day and feasting on your favourite snacks.
Birthdays and other fun events were celebrated on Zoom and Skype.
We usually have a way of taking people and things for granted. We put off that long overdue phone call or visit. We do not appreciate the little things around us. The people who you pass everyday during your morning or evening walk and don’t acknowledge, a quick chat with your neighbour, the domestic help coming in every morning – these were the things that made up our days and yet we realised it only after it all stopped.
It took a pandemic to give us a rude shock, an awakening sort of.
While the world seemed to be falling apart, families were bonding and spending that all important quality time with each other.
Opportunities were seized. We dealt with the situation and came out stronger. There is a lesson to learn from every situation. We were all learning ours. 🤞🏻
In spite of the seriousness of the situation we were able to laugh. People still had a sense of humour. Songs, jokes and memes made us smile.
*Some fun songs, happy listening.
For me the lockdown was a realisation – I was blessed because I was safe. I prayed. The world needed a miracle. I had no reason to complain and every reason to be thankful.
Now our pet Paris was affected by the lockdown too. She was confused, she did not understand why we were home all the time. She looked at us strangely and disappointedly too, she was used to having the house to herself for a few hours everyday and that was not happening any more. And I’m sure I saw her run out of the room if one of us so much as sniffed or sneezed. 😅
Through all of this I often wondered what the lockdown meant to others and so I asked a few people the question – What did the lockdown mean to you?
These responses are straight from the heart. Candid, cheeky, thoughtful and honest.
And now as the year is coming to an end, places have opened up. There is a new and different normal. We have learnt to live with the fact that we need to be safe, wear a mask, maintain distance from one another. It is normal not to shake hands, it is normal to walk into a bank with a mask on. The fight against the virus is not over yet, but we have come this far. We have moved on with positivity, looking forward to another new year and Life goes on.
Ending on a happy note………