For the first time in my life, I have seen the whole world coming together in solidarity and implement measures to fight one enemy, novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
As far as I know, different organisations safe across the world, including in my home Malawi, have been donating different medical appliances like hand sanitizer, face marks, testing kits just to make sure everyone is protected from infection.
Among the countries that have registered the virus, my country has just registered four cases for the first time on 4thApril. Two weeks ago, Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika implemented some measures to ensure the public’s safety including closing all schools as well as encouraging companies to let their staff work from home.
Malawi is also praying for total healing of the whole universe that we all love.
I eavesdropped some young ladies in the bus when I was going home from work, saying: “You know what girl, closing the colleges will not do us good and some of us will end up getting pregnant. What else can we do if we are not going to school?”. One of the girls queried.
In response the friend looked to her friend saying this virus has hit us hard, you can’t even venture into business because it has also affected the business sector. We are really going to be sluggish and I don’t want to get pregnant and they all laughed.
And I thought about what was said and I agreed that the virus has really hit us hard in many ways but that should not let us go down as it is going down.
Since the first case as of now, we have lost many people worldwide and everyone is afraid. But we have hope that together we can fight and end this pandemic.
To my fellow young people who are home back from different colleges or workplaces across the world; please you can use this time to reflect on other aspects of your life.
I am sure you can find one of few things you can do to change the lives of other around you instead of just sitting around moping and complaining. I gathered out some few things that can help someone during this season while being isolated from the different activities that we are used to.
*Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.
*If it won’t bother your neighbours, dust off that old instrument and practice.
*Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.
*Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.
*Have a roommate meeting about how to be more considerate of one other, especially while you will likely be spending more time together. Bring baked goods.
Bake those goods.
*Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlist
*Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?
*Write a short story or get started on that novel.
Finally get around to fixing that broken door knob and loose tile or cleaning scuffed up walls.
*Go on a health kick and learn how to cook new recipes with ingredients you may not be using already, from miso to tahini.
Make a list of things for which you are grateful.
*Work on your financial planning, such as exploring whether to refinance your loan or ways to save more money.
*Stop procrastinating and do your income taxes.
*Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.
*Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy.
*Apply for a new job. You have remote work experience now.
*Pray to God, he can hear us when we cry.
And one of my favourite bloggers in his article said it’s tough to stay motivated during this time. The longer social distancing will last, the harder it will get. But we must go on.
What’s the other option? If you think about it, there’s only one viable option in life. And that’s moving forward no matter what.
No one said it was easy to get through this pandemic. Most countries are not even close to the peak. We’re still weeks away. So, let’s get motivated to overcome this.
Thanks for your time and let’s get connected and don’t forget to wash our hands frequently and follow all precautional measures and my prayers goes to the families affected by this pandemic.
Be blessed and stay safe, BE RESPONSIBLE