You have changed our lives!
Many people have been impacted, lost family members, jobs or their belief in the future. But you also brought us gains: we gained perspective, focus and time with family at home.
I refuse to see you only as an all-negative impact on our lives. I would rather describe you as a global challenge that will in the long run prepare us for the greater hurdles to come (i.e. global warming).
You brought the world to a standstill, almost like a collective meditation exercise done on a global scale. Certainly people fear for their future and the currently unseen impact of COVID-19 on our lives and jobs. But hopefully people were able to take the time to reflect on what is important and what is not.
I strongly believe that the challenges that you brought will help us improve on multiple dimensions going forward. It could be that we will be closer to family and friends, are less focused on the superficial impact of social media and generally have a better awareness about our health and well-being.
Your impact saw me closing down my company that was built over the past nine years, putting over 70 people out of their job immediately. But you also gave me a lot more time with my family: I have been spending a lot more time with my two girls during the circuit breaker, bringing them to school every morning since the reopening and picking them up every afternoon. In a sense, you enabled me to get to know my kids better and see them growing up really close.
I believe that my personal challenges are also an opportunity and that being exposed to challenges is actually not a disadvantage. As I have to adapt to go through this period and will be better prepared for other challenges to come.
But I also hope that the positive change that we are seeing in people’s attitude towards their own health, family and nature are long-lasting changes and that they will not go away when things go back to normal.
Dear COVID-19, I wish that you will disappear soon for the people that are sick, for the people who are helping out on the front line during this crisis, and for all other people negatively impacted by you. But I also hope that your destruction brought a new positive beginning for a lot of individuals and groups, that new business, new opportunities, and a new collective focus on the real-world problems will come out of this crisis.
Let's hope that the positive change will last.