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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

I wish you never existed. It’s crazy to think how you came out of nowhere and started visiting various places in my country. You made everyone feel anxious and worried amid the uncertainty you caused while you continued to make headlines worldwide. It struck me how atrocious you are as I realised my plans for 2020 had come to a standstill.

 

With the increasing number of infected cases caused by you, the authorities implemented a circuit breaker. We were all encouraged to stay at home to keep ourselves safe from you. Shops and entertainment centres are now all closed and I miss hanging out with my friends. Being a millennial with a hectic university and social life, I had to seek alternative ways to keep myself busy while at home.

Even though we can’t visit the mosques this Ramadan, home is still a spiritual hub where we constantly remind each other of the blessings of Ramadan.

I am happy to tell you that I am taking things in my own stride and slowly adapting to the changes in my life. About a week ago, my friends and I conducted a Malay language workshop, where we taught basic conversational Malay to other volunteers from Youth Corps Singapore. It was an engaging session and a refreshing recap for me as well. Being able to see the faces of other youths virtually seemed like a catch-up session with them, which was fun!

 

Apart from the online Zoom sessions that I have for my university seminars, I appreciate the amount of time I have with my family. We have found ways to bond, such as enjoying home-cooked meals together. Especially since it is now the fasting month, it is an ideal time of the year to spend quality time as a family. Even though we can’t visit the mosques this Ramadan, home is still a spiritual hub where we constantly remind each other of the blessings of Ramadan. In the past, due to our busy schedules, we may not always eat together. But since everyone is at home now, we have our pre-dawn meals and break fast together as a family.

 

As much as you have taken away the simple luxury of being outdoors, you do not control our lives. Some of us have taken this time to rediscover ourselves and pursue our own goals, even if it means having you around still. It may take some time for us to resume our normal lives but there is always a rainbow after the rain.

Nur Maisyarah

14 May 2020