“Everything that happens, happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.”Marcus Aurelius
The pandemic of 2020 has played its role in the history of the world. It came silently without a single sound and toppled life upside down for us humans – the animals for once had the world all to themselves.
It especially affected those who take pride in distancing themselves far from nature.
The nations which were affected most were the nations which we see as the most developed ones. Coronavirus pointed out the drawbacks of life in, so-called developed nations. It balantly pointed out that being one with nature is the only way out for humans if they want to survive . While the developed nations grappled to save themselves from the virus, the underdeveloped nations tackled it with a sneeze or a cough at most. Therfore, back to nature was one of the important lessons of 2020.
Every bad incident paves the way for something that is good, something that is positive. 2020 has changed our lives in more ways than one. Apart from teaching us to focus on life – rather than merely living, it has shown us great possibilities of a life which can provide a better work life balance. It has been a boon for moms who find it much easier to juggle work and family responsibilities while working from home. It will ensure better gender representations in work places and moms won’t need to take breaks in their careers for catering to familial duties.
The biggest boon of 2020 was the realisation that it is now actually possible to work from home. Working from home will help people to cut off daily travel to work places thereby setting off a series of positive effects.
It would save precious time.
It would save dear money.
It would diminish fuel consumption.
It would reduce stress of commuting.
It would save energy in several ways.
All these in large scale would be beneficial for nature and for the human kind in the long run.
The web has become a gold mine of knowledge and opportunities. The bitter experiences of 2020 has propelled us into a life that we would have lived- five to ten years from hence. It has made us realise that we already have the technology to live a life which is more environment friendly and cost effective.
Online shopping increased by leaps and bounds in the year 2020. People developed the habit of getting things delivered at their doorstep, and became aware of the benefits of online shopping. With each shopping people gained confidence and the online market boomed. It not only made life easier but opened a host of new opportunities in the job market and encouraged individual start ups.
Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened.Irish Proverb
A big section of optimists grabbed the opportunity of me time and built their start ups during the lockdown instead of sulking over the avalanche of problems that came with the virus.
The availability of knowledge on the web has been another positive outcome of the pandemic. Overnight, people came to realize the possibilities of getting education for minimal amounts and even for free if the want to upgrade their knowledge. Video lectures, courses, lessons catering to every field are now available for people across the globe, anytime – anywhere.
The world has come closer due to the pandemic. It has indeed become a global village. We hope that we emerge as wiser beings as an outcome of the pandemic. Wise and mentally strong enough to break the differences and borders carved in our minds over generations. It would be critical to be united across the globe to tackle problems like climate change, which may create greater challenges for life on earth than those, which we encountered during the unprecedented times of 2020.
“Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges. ”Margaret Wheatley