The COVID-19 pandemic has turned 2020 into something unimaginable. People have been living in fear and have been forced to change their routines severely. Cooped up inside our homes, we’ve become anxious and forlorn. It can be so hard to look on the bright side when everything feels cloaked in shadows.
This may be the most challenging time of our lifetime, but it’s not the first widespread difficulty humans have faced. We need to give ourselves hope because despair can only cause us further setbacks. With resilience, we can show this pandemic that we are bigger than it could ever be.
Focus on Solutions
If things were truly hopeless, we wouldn’t be seeing such a public health push. Companies wouldn’t be doing things to ensure workers are protected, such as letting them work from home. Researchers are working on vaccines for this virus, because they know that a way to help exists somewhere.
Not all efforts will work, especially not this early on. However, every effort leads to greater hopes.
Many minds working at once is how solutions are found. Thanks to scientific progress, we have better starting points. The odds are on our side, but only if we actually make use of them.
Hard Times Makes Us Stronger
The only way to grow is through facing difficulties. The people with the most strength are ones who have made it through things they might have never thought they could overcome. You’ve done it before, and so has everyone who’s above a certain age, whether they realize it or not.
History is filled with difficult times. In the United States alone, we have the Civil War and the Great Depression. These have been experiences we would’ve gladly avoided, but made us stronger in the process. We were able to survive because we didn’t just ignore the problems we were facing.
We Learn From Our Mistakes
There have been many mistakes in how we’ve reacted to this pandemic, on both a global and individual scale. However, mistakes are valuable, because they teach us lessons of what to not repeat. The right thing you do today could be in response to a mistake you committed yesterday.
The world will likely look different after this is all over because we know major reforms have to be put in place. We’re already coming to important realizations. We’re experiencing living history in a major way, and that’s something to embrace.
We Can Come Together
There are so many things dividing us right now. A pandemic doesn’t discriminate, so it’s in our best interest to work together. Whatever differences we have, they don’t matter enough to stop us from cooperating. Someone you disagree with can still be an ally.
We’ve had stumbles with how we’ve talked about this. However, it doesn’t need to be a partisan issue. There should be understanding and appreciation wherever possible, which you can definitely provide on an individual level.
It Can Help Us See the Light
What’s going on now will not and cannot last forever. Yes, it might feel like it wouldn’t end. But if you can remember life before the pandemic, you can definitely imagine life after it. Some people remember a time when their daily lives were surrounded by war and conflict, but those conditions didn’t persist.
With all there is to look forward to, we can let go of despair. This doesn’t mean we should just pretend everything is perfect. We need to be realistic about the troubles we’re facing without succumbing to the idea that there’s no reason to try.
Being resilient doesn’t mean being fearless. There are going to be times when things seem to be getting better, only for a sudden reversal to occur. We can be upset and scared when these happen.
But resilience isn’t just helpful. It’s also mandatory. When things are threatening our livelihood, we have to fight back. Whatever happens with this remains to be seen, but the more we push back, the more we reduce the harm it can lay on us.