The coronavirus has devasted nations across the world, having originated in a wet market somewhere in the Wuhan region of China back in 2019. Thousands of people have been infected, and many have tragically perished before their time. The cost to human life and the economy is what can only be described as possibly apocalyptic, but there is a silver lining.
It’s hard to remain positive when talking about a dangerous pandemic like the coronavirus, no matter how good a writer you are or how well you arrange fancy words. Thousands of older people have died from the coronavirus, and it’s already brought untold heartache and pain to many. One’s heart goes out these people as it does for millions of others who are on full lockdown and forced to stay at home for the foreseeable future.
With all that said, the coronavirus outbreak does come with a positive side even if it’s unexpected and counterintuitive. Here are five reasons why the coronavirus could change the course of your life for the better and teach you some long-overdue and very valuable life lessons.
Without trying to judge anyone here, it’s a fact that we live in times of plenty, and that means there are a lot of bulging pockets and overinflated egos around. Whether it’s money or status, fast cars, or expensive brands, many people, young and old, are anything but humble. As the coronavirus outbreak has cities on lockdown in a way unprecedented in modern times, folks are forced to think about the bigger picture. When all you’re allowed to do is visit the local grocery or drugstore for essentials, the meaning of life takes on a whole different hue. Humility is possibly the most important lesson of all in tough times as so many other vital lessons start with it.
News reports can only be described as messianic these days. With the coronavirus spreading faster and wider than expected in over 100 countries around the world, some governments have essentially put the general public under house arrest, overnight and without warning or much explanation. That means that people have to wait for things like deliveries or even food items longer than usual, not to mention lining up for longer at the grocery store. It might take some getting used to, but in the throwaway, take-away culture in which we live, patience is a great character trait to learn and master.
In many ways, tolerance comes from learning patience, but the two still differ. For example, some people, and perhaps those who suffer from anxiety are probably more worried than you are about catching the coronavirus. Maybe it annoys you that some folks walk around wearing scary face masks and blue gloves, but don’t let it. The coronavirus outbreak is something new and will take some getting used to. Don’t judge others for being what you perceive to be overanxious or pushy. Simply accept that everyone deals with trauma in different ways.
It’s hard to think of a more unifying time in recent memory, even if ironically, it’s thanks to a dangerous and deadly virus. People across the world are coming together in surprising ways, to stay positive and help those who need it most. Kids are talking daily with their classmates and teachers on platforms such as Zoom, while other people have initiated programs to deliver food to the most affected. People know that now’s the time to be kinder to others and to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
In the hustle and bustle of the modern age in which we live, many young parents are lucky to get to spend two hours a day of quality time with each other, let alone with their kids. After work, shopping, housework, homework, chores, and a million other things, little time remains for most to enjoy truly meaningful family time. Coronavirus has put at least a temporary stop to that as families are forced to stay at home and spend time together. This encourages people to learn to appreciate the little things in life and to start to appreciate their loved ones in ways not possible before.