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I came for 4 days with 4 clothes but guess what? Who would have known I would have to stay for so long!
When the lockdown was declared, my mental health was a little disturbed because I had just lost someone and I preferred not to confront that feeling, so I used to suppress it. But I have learned confronting your feelings is the real healing.
In mid-March, I had finished my under graduation course, so I left Chandigarh, where I had been staying for the past three years, to go to my hometown.
Initially, I did not feel extremely fortunate in my situation. I used to keep myself occupied at my previous place so that I wouldn’t feel anything about the loss I faced. I avoided talking to my family, and now, I had to be around them 24*7. I retreated home with my tail between my legs.
But you know what? The lockdown completely proved to be tremendous for my personal expansion whether personally or professionally.
The first three months, I precisely wasted my time by just binge-watching my favourite series or just chit-chatting with my friends, but after that, I was stuck and felt like I was losing myself in this turmoil.
So, I sat down and discussed with my cousins, who perhaps, are the justifications for my sanity and my accomplishment during this period. (Cheers to them!)
After talking with them, I concluded that I would just pursue whatever my heart said and would begin concentrating on my career and my personal development. So, I started operating on it and created a blog for myself.
I like composing so I thought why not share my opinions with others. And that is how I was acquainted with Youth Ki Awaaz as well. I then built my social media account for obvious motives. I read somewhere, “You just don’t have to recognize your talent, you have to market it”.
So, yes, I commenced my own blogging site and did some content writing. I also started spending more time with my family, especially my mother, and it made me feel so relieved and delighted. In Chandigarh, I was in my own world and was just living for myself, but now, I believe I am much more responsible and mature.
I know others have endured a lot. Admittedly, writing how good I have felt lately has not been a simple revelation to make. Reciting on how you have benefited in a period of such loss and battle runs the threat of appearing as ignorant or offensive and to be honest, I was not even sure if I should write on this.
Some of my own pals and relatives have strived and panicked about forfeiting their jobs etc. Thousands of people have been mourning for their loved ones, powerless to find acceptance and healing. My respite does appear to settle me in the minority, but it emphasizes how everyone is distinct, and how personalized addresses to care and self-analysis will be required, to treat those who have been influenced poorly by the past few months.
Also, discovering how many people died of COVID-19 assisted me in realizing how much we worry about things that do not even matter.
A question mark now hangs over how we will go back to life post-pandemic. I am dying to hold my friends and family tight again, but the feeling of sliding back into unpleasant provinces is a profound cause to worry about.
But in the end, I would just like to say that I have understood the importance of one’s life and I am not going to fall apart if I spend a duration on my own.
Although the pandemic has hindered us in many ways, it has also given many people a unique chance to enhance their quality of life. Let us not waste it – and be ready to help the others who have undergone it.