Ansu mol S
On 24th March, PM Narendra Modi announced a 21 day, national lockdown - from 25th March to 14th April. Affecting about 1.3 billion people, it is the world's biggest lockdown in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A virus brought the world to a screeching halt and made the world's leading nations kneel. And suddenly it hit me hard, how fickle everything we consider so important in our lives are. All our priorities changed dramatically.
I found myself with more time than I knew what to do with. Needless to say, most of the first few days were wasted staring at my phone. But soon I realised the value of this time. So I decided to try doing atleast one productive thing per day.
I ended up reading quite a lot of books, tried out some new recipes that I've always wanted to. I even completed some sketches on my bedroom wall that I had started ages ago.
My dog is so excited from having us home all the time and now I've more time to play with her.
Last day we went out to fly a kite. It was so refreshing to be outdoors after such a long time.
Stargazing with music, from our rooftop has become my favourite hobby.
Frequent video calls with friends have made this experience less depressing. Try watching the sunrise or sunset occasionally. It is a way of meditation for me.
Sometimes the fact that we are going through a time that's going to be recorded in history, kind of freaks me out. I feel like I'm not making the most of it. But the greatest thing we can do now is STAY HOME.
Other times I feel guilty for being privileged enough to afford staying safe home and not go hungry, while most people in my country are less fortunate. The things we take for granted, like even running water and soap are a luxury to some others. Let's take this time to appreciate all these little things in our lives.
Healthcare professionals and other people working in the front line of this battle, all over the world deserves much love. It's so hard to do the right thing, knowing that it doesn't make you safe. We can always try to help by contributing to relief funds or volunteering.
On the brightest side, pollution is at an all time low. Global warming is slowing down, the ozone layer has started to heal, Delhi is breathing the cleanest air in the longest time, Yamuna is much cleaner. Peacocks are dancing in the Indian streets, dolphins have returned to the Italian coast...
In my area, mornings are filled with bird song, which has been absent for some time. Today I saw some butterflies and I couldn't remember the last time I had seen one and the night sky is way clearer...
The world paused and nature healed. And finally, we have the gift of time - to rest, learn, grow, fall in love with ourselves and reconnect with our loved ones.
While you are not brooding over the pandemic or the impending economic crisis, you should look around and feel the power of this moment. It might all go back to how it used to be, as soon as all this is over. But this moment is ours, the 'here' and the 'now' and it is beautiful.