This period has not been easy for all of us. Most of the economy has been shut down to fight the health crisis. Unprecedented restrictions on social gatherings were necessary to keep our loved ones safe. Drastic changes to our way of life had to be made to minimise our risks of infection.
Yet, despite these challenges, we stayed strong. Rather than sulk over the lost opportunities to go outside, we chose to make full use of this extra time by enriching ourselves. Rather than flout safe-distancing rules to meet our friends, we chose to bond with our families. Rather than act selfishly, we chose to give generously by supporting those in need.
The circuit breaker has provided us with a window of opportunity for introspection. On a national level, we were exposed to the kindest and ugliest sides of our society. On a community level, we saw the importance of remaining connected, even online. On a personal level, we found ourselves with much more time to learn and grow.
This crisis has also given us the chance to connect with our families. With Home-Based Learning and Work from Home kicking in, three meals a day as a family is now a norm. We discovered much more about one another through deep, meaningful chats that were much rarer in the past.
Our actions during this period of crisis has been a reflection of our strength as a society. It warms my heart to see so many ground-up initiatives being formed to support the various facets of our community. From groups providing free tuition to teams buying groceries for the elderly, we have shown that the best of humanity can emerge during such critical times.
As we come to terms with the new normal, we will stand in solidarity for the lives that were lost, stand strong against the challenges that will come our way, and stand together to embrace new opportunities.