‘What I learn from this helps to create a brighter future’
With everything that has been happening in the last few weeks our whole lives have been thrown up into the air. Everything we took for granted has gone or changed. Most of the time we plod on through life without a moment’s thought about how our lives work and how the lives of others work. We are so connected to each other and we didn’t even realise it. It takes a crisis like this to wake us up to the fact that not only is our life important, but so is everyone else’s. All of our lives work in unison, we are all part of each other’s puzzle. And if some of the puzzle pieces go missing, it affects us all.
We generally take everything for granted, we never really stop to think about the other people that make up our lives, people that we don’t even know. Right now, we are all being given lessons in ‘The Classroom of Life’, whether we like it or not.
HEALTHCARE – Makes you realise how important a Healthcare system is. This virus is affecting everyone, rich or poor, so we all need access to healthcare. Being treated shouldn’t depend on how much money you have. We are all worthy and we all matter. Healthcare should not be for sale, it should never be a business where the sick and dying are part of a profit margin.
DEPENDENCE – We are all dependent on one another, our lives can’t function without each other. From healthcare workers, retail workers, warehouse workers, council workers etc, we are all vital to each others lives. What you earn is not a precursor to respect. In our society we seem to value someone more the higher their salary, and someone less because their salary is lower. We should value and respect everyone, from the person that picks the vegetables in a field to the doctor that saves your life. Each person and their job is part of the puzzle of life, and for life to be harmonious all the puzzle pieces need to fit together. No one puzzle piece is more important that the other.
FREEDOM – We didn’t realise what it was to be free before it was taken away. Being on lockdown makes us yearn for the days when we could do as we pleased. Trips to shops to buy whatever we wanted, trips to the beach, even just a trip out in the car on a Sunday afternoon with a picnic, oh how right now we yearn for that. Being free is a fundamental need for a human being, and I believe once this is over we will never take our freedom for granted again.
MONEY – How many of us put money above everything else, we believe that money is the be all and end all, the secret weapon to happiness. Right now we have more important things to think about than money. Money is pretty useless when there is no where to spend it, apart from food shops. In ‘The Classroom of Life’ we are being shown how money should never be at the forefront of our lives.
VULNERABILITY – I am sure that many of us will be feeling quite vulnerable, feeling like we don’t have control over our lives. Being struck down with fear and anxiety regarding what the future holds, and worrying about family and friends. Most of the time in life we really can’t control anything. We try so hard to control people and situations, and the truth is we are not in control, we never have been and we never will be. Life happens everyday, we should learn to appreciate and have gratitude for all we have and for the people in our lives. Enjoy life everyday, whatever that day brings into your life. Don’t waste time being angry and a control freak, just go with the flow of life, wherever it takes you.
GRATITUDE – ‘In ‘The Classroom of Life’ during this crisis we are being taught about gratitude. Being grateful for one another. Being grateful that we are being shown how important we all are to each others lives. Being grateful for the down time, to spend with loved ones. Being grateful for having the opportunity to really reflect on life and the importance of life and its opportunities and freedoms. Being grateful because we understand that our time here is limited, and no more will we be put off the things in life that we really want to do. And we will be grateful for the many lessons from ‘The Classroom of Life’.
When this is over and our lives go back to normal – will we ask ourselves – what did I learn from this?