Year 2020. It’s definitely one for the history books, the world’s as well as mine.The year where the world was caught off-guard by a highly contagious virus.
It’s undeniable that the exponential speed at which mankind was getting infected has caused havoc worldwide. Leaders of nations have taken drastic measures in hopes of controlling widespread infection. In Singapore, the circuit breaker was put in place, where staying home the entire day has become a norm.
For me, having completed serving 2 years of National Service, my buddies and I were ready, though anxious, to begin a life of independence and writing our own chapters in life. I was about 2 weeks away from achieving my dream of going to flight school, but it all came to a temporary stop – what feels like a seemingly endless one. My buddy and I are disheartened (not to forget the other students who were also supposed to start their flight training later in the year), we know it is for the best and we have to accept the situation as it is.
Indeed our situation is bad but it definitely isn’t the worst. Countless individuals have been tremendously affected by this pandemic, especially financially. From pay cuts, to no-pay leave, and even losing their jobs, it unquestionably puts a strain on an individual’s finances. Adapting to this new situation will take time and a lot of sacrifice in order for one to become financially sustainable for the months to come. It really does break my heart to witness such struggles, especially those whom I know personally.
At the end of the day, this pandemic serves as an eye-opener, where the phrase “not all heroes wear capes” comes vividly to life. We learn to be more grateful for the small things in life which we tend to overlook. The Earth gets a break to heal after years of destruction by mankind.
May we all stand tall and strong together, and united as one to conquer this.