2020 was supposed to be a year full of travel plans for me. I had already mapped out my leave days for the whole of 2020, even before the year started. My girlfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship so we made a promise to each other to meet up more often this year. But things don’t usually go as planned; birthdays, anniversaries were spent alone this year. And now we don’t even know when we will meet because of all the travel restrictions.
A week after the circuit breaker started, something else happened. My dad, who drives a taxi, picked up a passenger who was a suspected case and MOH called my dad to return home immediately to serve a 14-day Stay Home Notice. Our whole family came together to calm my dad down because he was so worried, asking why he was so unlucky.
For someone who relies on daily income for expenses, my dad said he couldn’t afford to stay at home. What would happen to his bread and butter? But thankfully, everything fell into place. We received the solidarity payout from the government and helped my dad with everything. For someone who has never had an off day for the past 17 years, my dad finally can have a good and well-deserved rest.
In the midst of all the negativity, we saw light. My dad felt like the weight on his shoulders was finally off because for the first time in many years, he can finally afford to stay at home without any worries. All of us had family time again and it’s kinda funny that it took a virus to remind us of what really matters. Money can be earned anytime, but having quality time with your loved ones is priceless.
Sure, I’m still sad that my travel plans are cancelled. I can’t meet my girlfriend but I’m happy that she’s safe at home with her family and I’m safe home with mine. This virus has taught me how to appreciate the things I have now, to love the ones that are near me or far away and to never take things for granted.