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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

When you first came into our lives, I didn’t like you. However, after all these days spent avoiding you, I’ve begun to see what's really important to me, and for that COVID-19, I sincerely thank you.

 

As a theatre actor, doing digital live performances was new ground for me but I was forced to think about exploring this platform. The world has been shaken, but I believe much of it is for the better. We are now aware as a society nationwide issues we can improve on.

It’s a nice sentiment, the idea that you don’t have to do anything productive during this period. Unfortunately… I simply cannot afford this luxury.

Because I’m not well-known in my industry, I simply can’t afford to let this time slip by without improving myself and expanding my repertoire of skills. It’s a nice sentiment, the idea that you don’t have to do anything productive during this period. Unfortunately, being someone who can’t even earn what a full-timer in an F&B outlet earns on most months, I simply cannot afford this luxury. I feel the pressure to be so talented that I can’t be ignored. This isn’t my first foray into the industry and I have already been toughing it out for a while. I’m thankful, however, for the opportunity to learn.

 

COVID-19, you have exposed me for who I am, what I truly treasure, what I worship. But you've also shown me what’s truly important, just like when a storm comes to a house and threatens to blows it all way. If the foundations are strong, it will remain standing. This period has revealed my foundations and I’m thankful for that.

 

After this circuit breaker, I look forward to walking amongst people who laugh a little brighter, interact a little deeper, while keeping aware of the areas as a nation that we can improve on and work joyfully to improve. I hope for a society where we care about our neighbours and because of that, we refrain from pointing fingers. Instead, we try to meet the needs of others.

 

COVID-19, you have brought so much distress, uncertainty, but you made us walk back into our homes, to our families, and realise that we should not take anything for granted. You helped us see the cracks in society, where now, flowers are blooming. Thank you.

Keith Lee

07 May 2020