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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

For a long time, I wondered, “What must happen for the world to go quiet, if just for a day?” This was a question that popped in my head over the course of the last decade; a decade increasingly polluted with noise, chaos, terror. And then you came and brought the world to an absolute standstill, so I guess you answered my question – this is what it takes to bring this noisy world some semblance of silence.

What must happen for the world to go quiet, if just for a day?

I’m a student at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music pursuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. This pandemic has deprived me of the use of studio spaces, my company's collaboration & chemistry, and most importantly to me, a university cultural experience. I am isolating at home in Singapore, Zooming and Facetiming my friends and colleagues to kill time, or to make art while apart.

 

COVID-19, you have brought upon us a global health war, but I believe more than anything it has been a psychological and emotional war. It is very, very strange that the best way to care for someone right now is to stay away from them. The best way to love now, is to avoid.

 

I suppose if there’s one thing you’ve done, it is to unearth the true nature of human beings. You forced us to challenge our ability to f**k that s**t, f**k our egos, and for once in a very long time, work together.

 

I am grateful that I have the privilege of time to connect with my loved ones, my family, without feeling too much of a need to hurry off somewhere else, since there is literally nowhere to go.

 

So therein lies the rub, after all of this is over… where do we go? I don’t believe that we will “return to normal”. We will come out of this and a new, post-pandemic world will be waiting for us. We are living through history.

 

We will make it through and we should feel lucky to do so, to come out into a different kind of normalcy, to embrace one another with the tightest hugs and the softest kisses.

 

One thing COVID has taught me is how to rest. So here’s to me coming out of this as part of a wiser, more careful global community. Let’s hold this pace.

Andre Chong

09 May 2020