Dear Covid-19, this is my story of embracing uncertainty and (a nice attempt of) finding direction in life. The moment you appeared, you threw my life into a complete mess. I have been waiting for this year all my life. I secured an internship at a company that i have always wanted to work at and I was so excited on embarking on my long awaited exchange programme for the rest of the year. I was at the top of the world, i felt that nothing will go wrong anymore. I have always been a planner, and i would say I am good at it. However, your appearance made me grow up, you forced me to embrace changes. You forced me to realise that nothing truly goes as planned, but it will be fine. It will. You are truly the embodiment of what a VUCA world entails. You are a testament to what my GP teacher in JC always used to say “We live in an ever changing world”. I have always known “Change is the only constant” but thank you for showing me how much more i would have to grow to truly thrive in the world i live in today. Your appearance taught me how self-entitled I unconsciously was. I realised how, i myself, as much as i want to be delusional, my first instinct when something diverts from plan was to blame. So, definitely, your appearance brought about reflection and actions towards self-improvement. I am really grateful. I am grateful for the time i get to spend with my family and a country where i know, will be able to provide my loved ones and i with the best medical care, if necessary. I am grateful that i have friends to miss, people to make “when covid-19 end” plans with and an education institution that tries its best to give my fellow university mates and I an education despite this situation. Thank you for instilling empathy in me. I have realised how much more driven and passionate i am, in building a meaningful career for myself that involves giving back to the society in the future. I know you will be here to stay for quite awhile. However, i know we will defeat you eventually. #sgunited “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is most adaptable to change”