Embracing Life

”When life doesn’t have much ’life’ to offer us, learn to live the way it leads.”

Even though COVID-19 was a bit too unfair and harsh on us, shattering some of our dreams, I do realise we are just the one family among the millions of others in this world, who are affected by the same.

Unlike previous years, this year life didn’t seem to have much ’life’ to offer us. Some days I feel, I am rather existing than living. Again, probably the same feeling, as many others experience around me.

My perspective to life has changed considerably in the past few months, precisely since the outbreak of the pandemic.

I would rather be home safe and sound than having a stroll in the city doing window shopping. However, I still miss the days I did the same with my friends.

I would rather look out through the window and watch people, rather than watching the alarming figures of the pandemic spread in the news. Because I started missing life and the vitality it offers.

I would rather be indoors and not wear a mask. Because the cells of my body started getting exhausted, as it suffers the deprivation of the abundance of oxygen it used to enjoy.

I would rather adjust to what I have than go out every time to buy what I need. This is my time to learn that in order to survive I only need a few things, and the many things I want are not that essential.

I would rather develop a new skill or do some painting, which I never knew I could do before, than sitting idle and wasting life, because now I learned the value of life. I also understood what it meant by the saying, ”where there is a will, there is a way”.

I would rather cancel my holidays, and pray that my family back home would stay safe. Now that life has overturned its trend in a strange way, staying away has become the safest option than staying together.

I would rather learn to live and embrace my circumstances rather than waiting to return back to normal. Because normal to me has become history and the way to return, an unresolved mystery.

”When life doesn’t have much ’life’ to offer us, learn to live the way it leads.”

Chinchu Gibu

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