21 Positive Things I’ve Learnt From The Pandemic

Most of us are getting fed up with the constant stream of information on this global pandemic. So for that reason, I thought it’d be a good idea to shift our focus from the memes, humour and devastating news and focus more on the good that has come out of this. I appreciate everything the NHS is doing for us and my condolences go out to all those affected and to those who have left us. I also understand that many are away from their loved ones or may be stuck somewhere abroad. For all these people, we pray and hope that things improve and that we can once again jet off on a plane somewhere. However, I’ve written this post to focus on the great things that have come out of this, as our minds seem to wonder off towards the constant exposure of bad news. I hope that it helps bring about a positive mindset as we end this week.

  1. People are spending more time with family.
  2. People are realising what’s more important in life to them
  3. It’s been very beneficial for the environment as a lack of people in many parts of the world is allowing for natural growth and rebirth
  4. It’s been good for the animals as they can be as wild as they want
  5. It has given many of us time to reflect on many things
  6. It has taught us that we should never take travelling for granted
  7. We have come to realise how much the work of the NHS actually means
  8. We have also come to realise how many supportive people there are out there in the world
  9. We have learnt that Allah is the most powerful and that as humans our abilities are finite
  10. For many of us, it has provided us with more time to study, read and learn – an endeavour many of us put on pause.
  11. Due to the isolation requirements and lockdowns imposed, it acts as a great time to prepare for Ramadhan
  12. It has helped us realise that health is actually wealth – health comes before anything else
  13. Due to being unable to go to work, travel and study, we have all come to learn how powerful technology can be for work, teaching and learning
  14. Many of us have drawn up the courage to learn how to cook
  15. We have also learnt that there are certain things that are temporary
  16. We have all by now realised the importance of key workers, such as teachers, grocery store workers, NHS staff, carers, social workers, delivery drivers and more.
  17. Many places around the world including tourist sites like The Pyramids in Egypt are getting a deep clean
  18. Whilst many of us are in the comfort of our own homes, it has given us the opportunity to take advantage of all the available virtual tours
  19. As many of us have more time on our hands, so many people are trying new things
  20. This is the time to read instead of fear. Instead of panicking over nears, pick up a beneficial book. I’ve picked up ‘How To Win Friends and Influence People‘ to learn how to become better at communicating.
  21. Lastly, this is a message to all our students. Our students of the world have learnt the reality of education as they are placed in an environment other than school and still have to resume their learning. Don’t give up, keep learning and be creative with the time you’ve got.

I’m sure that there are many more that you could add to the list. For now, these are the positives I have noticed happening around me and thought I’d share it with you. Feel free to add to the list by commenting below.

Have hope for the future. For those of you familiar with Stephen King’s ‘Shawshank Redemption’, towards the end Red manages to travel to beautiful Buxton in Maine where he finds Andy’s hidden message which brings him hope. It may have been a gruesome and tough number of years, but he got there in the end. Keep up the hope as did Red when Andy told him, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” — Andy Dufresne

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