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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

My frustrations are warranted, and you cannot blame me for feeling this way, because you have screwed up the first half of this year and maybe even longer than that – who knows at this point. I co-founded a platform in December last year, Om Zone, that promotes the awareness and education of mindfulness. I had great plans this year for my career and my business, and I was reluctant to let you have it your way. Eventually, you took over the reins and almost everything came to a halt.

 

I fear that people will no longer see the need to head to gyms to workout as they can already do it in the comfort of their own homes.

Voluntarily, I've led live workout sessions and made it free and accessible to anybody who knew my social media accounts. I do it almost every day and I am thankful that I am physically able to lead these workout sessions. Even when nobody comes online, I still continue to execute the workout because I made a commitment.

 

I honestly worry for my secondary career as a fitness trainer. While your existence forced people to work at home and adapt, some jobs, though, cannot function at home – like mine. As a fitness trainer working in a couple of gyms, I offer my services to coach fitness classes and I am remunerated for the time I conduct these classes. When things get better – now that I have a portfolio of executing online workouts almost daily – will people still find the need to pay to be physically present in the gym to complete the workout and stay physically fit?

 

The irony lies herein. Whatever I am doing through my voluntary service, free-of-charge, on my social media platforms right now, while it may serve a noble purpose, I fear that people will no longer see the need to head to gyms to workout as they can already do it in the comfort of their own homes at low or no cost at all. I struggle with this idea daily, and this uncertainty keeps me anxious. I hope that the “new normal” will not cause a dramatic change to how gyms will function in the future.

 

COVID-19, despite everything that I’ve shared, you have made quite an impact and this gives me the opportunity to tell a story to my grandkids in the future. I probably would not be able to remember many details but one thing I can and will remember is how you have demonstrated the fragility of life and how our simple actions can impact another person’s life for better or worse. That is one lesson that I draw as I live the rest of my days during this circuit breaker period, and a lesson I will value for the rest of my life.

Syahir Jack

11 May 2020