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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

You have certainly made paying for this house very much worth it. I shuffle between boredom and busyness and have learned a lot about myself during this time. Most of the time, it feels odd that I can feel calm and collected while the world spins in a global pandemic.

 

I think about my work and the people I love, and continue to try and not just work hard, but innovate and still do well for us as a collective. I have told myself that I only have 2 goals during this circuit breaker – first, to lose some weight and second, to hit my targets for work. Both seem to be going reasonably well and I am tremendously grateful.

I may or may not have had 1 or 2 nights where I cried for 4 hours straight into falling asleep because I am an emotional wreck.

It’s also been a great time of reading, soul-searching, playing video games, and eating many delicious meals with my Mum – all of which I seldom had the time for. I may or may not have had 1 or 2 nights where I cried for 4 hours straight into falling asleep because I am an emotional wreck, but I soldier forward.

 

Of all of what is out there, I miss going to church the most. The place of my faith has been a place of encouragement, strength and nourishment for me and having to spend Easter weekend home was not easy.

 

At the same time, my heart breaks for those who have been affected by this crisis and having a platform of influence, I do recognise it’s our responsibility to do our best to help. It always feels great to hear our friends in F&B tell me they’re going to survive or thank us for helping out.

 

The longest longitudinal study on happiness conducted by Harvard found that good relationships keep us happy and healthy, period. I mean, did we really need research to tell us what we already know? That what would matter in this life is the people around us? Perhaps it is because we have neglected or forgotten it. Fame and acclaim appear little compared to the warmth of a smile, the ecstasy of laughter around the dinner table, and the love of a friend.

 

I hope I can make the best out of this time. We are hard-wired to struggle, and believe we will continue to make lemonade or better yet, a tangy lemon tart, when life gives us lemons.

Aiken Chia

11 May 2020