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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

On the last day of 2019, the joy on our faces knew no bounds. I was optimistic for the year 2020 as my diary was so full of expectations and goals to be met. I wasn't expecting you, I never wanted you, and you took so much from me. Despite the setbacks, I shall overcome because what binds us is stronger than what divides us.

To save humanity, several measures were put in place, and painfully, the stringent measures affected my life and took away my passion and job as a wedding photographer.

Sometime late last year, I sat down with my wedding comrades to work on preparation for upcoming events and weddings to be covered in the coming year. As a wedding photographer, I was looking forward to several weddings during the year and I thought it was going to be an exciting year, but sadly my feelings of anticipation were diminished. My schedule was supposed to be full, new plans were in progress. If only I had known, I wouldn’t have carried so much hope and excitement.

 

When WHO declared your outbreak a global pandemic, I knew I was in for a  ride with an unwanted guest. To save humanity, several measures were put in place, and painfully, the stringent measures affected my life and took away my passion and job as a wedding photographer. I had to rush through schedules and I felt helpless and lost.

 

Waking up to the new world reality made me sick. Many weddings that had been planned a year before – or even earlier – had to be cancelled or postponed. You caused this, and I hate you for coming into our lives.

 

I felt really down about the situation as my main stream of income had been taken away by this evil guest. I felt sorry for the families and couples who had to cancel their wedding plans.

 

There was a time when all of us were free to go anywhere we desired, a time when we could socialise freely without the fear of contaminating and risking one another’s life. This will pass, that I am sure of. But we definitely miss the usual norms and everything.

 

Your goal was to weigh us down and make our lives miserable, but we are thankful to the universe for everything. You initiated a setback, but we saw opportunities. I am grateful for the opportunity that time has given me. Thanks to you, I had time to reflect and cherish every moment with my family. I am spending a pleasant time with my two boys who are growing fast.

 

I remain positive and optimistic that this will pass, and we will stay healthy.

Samuel Ng

26 May 2020