In the time of COVID-19: Moving on, forth and forward   

Published February 20, 2021, 12:42 AM

by Alex M. Eduque


Alex Eduque
Alex Eduque

In less than a month’s time, we will be celebrating the anniversary of lockdown. That time last year, the whole world almost simultaneously shut down to attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A year later, face masks, PPE’s, and face shields have become the norm, and though the virus is still lingering, it seems that people for the most part have mustered the courage and the strength to move on and journey forth with everyday life.

Everyday life for people these days is very different from what it was pre-pandemic – drastically different for some, and for others, a tad bit. But whatever it is, change has undeniably taken place. For one, we are all more conscious and vigilant about hygiene and health. We respect boundaries and space more – physically and/or otherwise – because it is now considered one of the most basic forms of respect. Social distancing was an unknown concept in the past, but has now become the comfort bubble for many. Whatever the case may be, we have learned who and what truly matter because of this pandemic.

Most of us are at a point where we have learned and come to accept that COVID-19 is most likely here to stay. Amidst the roll out of vaccinations, there is the likelihood of mutation that will make it resistant. We have also learned to adjust and adapt to life with the lingering virus around by doing what we can to beef up our immunities and protect our loved ones. With that acceptance, I think, came the mindset that we had to figure things out – how we would continue on with our lives that momentarily came to a pause. Lifestyle changes were definitely more drastic for some, but at the end of the day, we all learned to be flexible and resilient. To change with the times, and roll with the punches at the same time.

So as we continue to move forward, let us not forget to bring along with us the lessons that the slow down of 2020 has taught us, and what this pandemic has truly opened our eyes to. Let us continue to allow our realizations to resonate with our everyday moments to bring us more meaningful tomorrows. Let us not forget that sometimes in sacrificing and in losing some, we end up gaining more. It is a matter of perspective, of faith, and of prioritizing what truly matters in this world.