Life After Coronavirus – Awaiting the Sunrise and Zappy Days

I started this series, ‘Life in the time of coronavirus’ as a part of April’s A2Z challenge. Today happens to be the last day of the challenge and so, this must be my last update on the pandemic. I might write a concluding post after the whole thing dies down completely. But there won’t be anymore detailed posts on the various aspects of the Pandemic. I hope years from now people will be able to use these posts to know about an invisible enemy that this generation fought.

So, for the last time this month, here is the current update of Coronavirus cases globally and in India.

As on 30th Apr 2020
As on 29th Apr 2020

 

The Lock-down V.2 will supposedly end on May 3rd 2020. It is anticipated that movements within the districts will be allowed first, then on the basis of the Coronavirus cases, maybe with each week, inter-district and inter-state movement will become permissible.

Assuming that the country heals, the world heals, in a few months’ time, these tribulations will slowly be forgotten. Knowing myself and my kind, we’ll go back to living our lives. All the pain, the stories, and the sacrificed lives will have been for nothing.

I don’t want that. I want change.

I want to live better. I want to feel everything strongly. I want to stop wondering what people will think about me and my actions. I want to kiss like there’s no tomorrow. I want to look at someone as though I’m seeing them for the first time, in awe. I want to go to a quaint little cafe, sit in a corner, order some coffee, read a book and smile at strangers. I want to tell the lady across, that the leopard print top looks so good on her. I want to travel and get lost in the novelty of the unknown land.

I want to inspire people to live fully. I want people to know that the rules in their lives are the ones set by them. I want to teach children. I want to be responsible for another generation, inspire them and let them know that they aren’t insignificant, that their dreams can’t be reined, that they can have it all. That they can be successful without being arrogant, studious without being insensitive. That the education they’re getting are only a part of what they should get, that the real education is knowing how to behave, when to hold on and when to leave. I want them to know that learning needn’t always be to earn money. Learning can be for life, because you enjoy it, because you want to know more.

Where I am right now is only a path. Not a destination. Coronavirus is only a means, not an end. Like my father wrote in the post Uncommon Opinion: Finding the Utopia in this Dystopia, you have three ways of looking at this Coronavirus scenario:

  • You can look at it as a glitch, a bug or a disaster, which it is, and whine about it because of all the restrictions. (By no means is this aimed at the people who are genuinely affected. I am addressing the people like me who are simply stuck at home without many things to do and not much issues)
  • You can look at it as someone else’s problem, do nothing and wait for it to pass.
  • You can look at it as the time to invest in yourself or to make this Earth a happier place. A break in your life where you have been asked to look at how you’ve lived until now and decide to make some changes. YOU CAN come out of this a better person. All you need to do is set your mind to it!

Epidemics and Pandemics aren’t happening for the first time. We never remember any of them by the changes they brought about. Let Covid-19/Coronavirus change that narrative. Let this pandemic be known for moulding a generation of compassionate people who decided to change their lifestyles for the better. They learnt new skills, their eyes sparkled with kindness and they were the first of the many generations that came later, that looked inward for answers.

Let the future generation comprise of more value adding teachers rather than corrective policemen.

What changes would you want to see when this ends?

Featured Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

17 thoughts on “Life After Coronavirus – Awaiting the Sunrise and Zappy Days

  1. Such a strong post Ranjini. I wish every individual who is equipped enough would understand the need to change for good and come out learned after this pandemic is gone for good.

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  2. I’d been thinking the same…about how we would all go back to our lives once things get settled. It would be wonderful if we could change the narrative, and remember the pandemic for the change it has brought. It’s been a lovely time reading your series. 🙂

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  3. Well said. You’re right. We shouldn’t go on with our lives as before when we come out of this ordeal. Changes have to be made. The Earth needs to be cared for. Nature can retaliate and it will retaliate stronger if we choose to ignore all the harm that we have caused to it. Hopefully, we’ll be the generation that learned a very valuable lesson from the pandemic and chose to mend the error of our ways. I loved your series. And I’ll keep checking in. I’ve been following your blog even before the A2Z and I would love hear more from you. Don’t Stop writing. 😄

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  4. I enjoyed your posts all through the month. They resonated with my thoughts. I wish to take year 2020 as a lesson and try to make this Earth a better place. It is time to evolve as better human beings.

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  5. Firstly, congratulations on completing the challenge successfully!
    Secondly, though I read only a few of your posts it’s clear that our themes and content overlapped quite a bit. I focused more on being positive during lockdown and perhaps you focused more on the disease.
    I missed your father’s U post, but I said almost the exact same thing in my Y post- this time given to us is a gift for us to introspect and reassess where we take our lives from here.
    I wish you luck for the future- may all your dreams and hopes come true, as many of them echo my own.

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  6. This a resonating thought of so many today. Thank you for this lovely and positive share. We hope and pray for the change and a good one! Hope we come out bright and shining soon.
    It has been a pleasure knowing you through the challenge. Best wishes and looking forward to keeping in touch through our writing.

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  7. A proactive approach is always a better option over a reactive one., for proactive is always constructive. As you rightly said, let this lesson from Corona scare never be forgotten and the learnings be put to live life to the fullest.
    Congratulations dear for successfully completing A to Z challenge!

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  8. I was watching some news articles yesterday and they were saying how things might change forever and never be the same. We will see the sun once this darkness ends and hope it happens soon.
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  9. I agree wholeheartedly with you on the points you have raised here. Going back to “business as usual” would be unethical and wrong. We have a chance to have course corrections, both at individual and national/global levels. And yes, we can use this lockdown as an opportunity to become better human beings.

    As for your various wishes, keep striving, and hopefully, soon you’ll get to realize them!

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  10. What a thought provoking and hopeful way of ending your series, and looking at the pandemic. I keep saying that the worst thing about the pandemic would be if we didn’t change and become better.

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