Everything was slowly changing for us in school, with the virus slowly taking away various activities we were so used to engaging in. The moment the circuit breaker was announced, that was the moment all of us really felt the impact of this virus. For me personally, it meant moving out of hall in NTU, losing the freedom I had enjoyed for so long. It also meant losing my last couple of weeks of university life with my friends, as well as convocation, something people hold on to for the rest of their lives. The first two weeks of circuit breaker, coming to grips with what my post-graduation had in store for me, basically nothing, was probably the hardest.
After some time, however, I started to see the positivity around me and it made me think about what I could do with my own life. I started seeing others pour their time into different interests, discovering new things or finding their passion in different areas. People were taking fitness more seriously, trying to pick up cooking and baking, trying their hands at craft, music and so many other things. Many started their own social causes or initiatives or took a lot of their time to raise awareness for different groups of people who lacked awareness or needed extra help during your reign of terror.
Then there were also others, who were content to use this time to give themselves a well-deserved rest and ease their minds and bodies during this stay-at-home period. All of this would not have been possible if not for the chaos caused by you, COVID-19. You took away our “freedom”, but you gave many experiences they never would have gotten had they lived their normal lives.
I think you have given me hope, that we can be better than we have been in our “normal” lives, and that there is so much more we can do with time on our hands. I may not get to travel and be free after my graduation the way I would have liked, but you have provided me an opportunity to become a better version of myself. For that, I am thankful.
(Lesson has dragged on a little too long though. You should leave the world soon, thank you and I hope we never meet again!)