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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

Since you paid us a visit, you have fulfilled my parents’ wishes. I now spend more time with them than I have in awhile. You have allowed me to unleash my potential in the kitchen, where I get the chance to dazzle my family with my culinary prowess. Cooking has now become a regular part of my life, one that brings joys and happiness to my family. You have also granted me the opportunity to start painting, learn in-house gardening and take up different online courses. 

 

I miss my regular life, where I am out and about freely. I miss travelling. You have given the time to think about what I would do and where I would go when all of this is over. I can't wait to soar in the skies, visit elephants that I am missing so severely; Mount Fuji, where I can find serenity and peace. Indeed, travelling is something I am looking forward to after you leave.

We will learn from what we have experienced and perhaps, we might even unlearn social/behavioural norms that have been passed down through the ages.

You made me realise that the world needs to be given a chance to heal as well. As we are forced to stay home and away from the general public, carbon emissions have seen a severe drop and this has led to an improvement in global air quality. You have provided all of us a peek into what air quality might be like if emissions regulations become more stringent.

 

But for all that you are and have taken from me, I don’t hate you. You bring out the best and worst in us, laid bare for all to see. You have shown us who steps up and who crumbles in times of anxiety. You have allowed us to come together in these terrible times to support those who need a helping hand. You have allowed us to see that Human beings are naturally altruistic.  

 

You have taken away as much as you have given. I know the world will not be the same again. We will learn from what we have experienced and perhaps, we might even unlearn social/behavioural norms that have been passed down through the ages. But we are a resilient bunch, fighting to survive and we will inevitably come out on top. 

 

We thank you for the lessons you have imparted to us and for allowing us to see us as what we really are. Take care COVID-19, we won’t see you again, but you will be remembered.

Sheila Manokaran

13 May 2020