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PERCEPTION

It’s all about your perception.

It’s the 25th of April 2020. The coronavirus outbreak hasn’t subsided. It’s rather, getting worse which is worrisome and scary. Many people are getting sick and dying everyday, which is horrifying.

I was thinking about all this today and thought if it was our fault that all this is happening and came to a conclusion that it is our fault, not the outbreak, but the spread. I wouldn’t expect all of you to agree with me but according to me, this is what it is.

When all of it started, we were told to stay in our homes and not do anything outside. Most people followed the instruction, but the defaulters of course didn’t abide by the rules and when they were stopped and punished for breaking the regulation, they started attacking the officials who wanted to help and keep us safe. Some even attacked the doctors who were treating us, which was horrifying and disgusting. And because of these people, the whole world is suffering today.

After looking into all these activities, I started thinking what actually was the problem with these people, who don’t want themselves to be safe, rather, wanted to be a rebel all the time and do things that are ultimately going to affect their lives. After thinking a lot, I realized that they only see the bad in everything. For example, in this situation, they think, staying at home wouldn’t help them be safe and is just a waste of time, which is not the truth but it’s their thought process. I’m sure, they are also scared of this virus and don’t want it to get inside their bodies, but they don’t understand the fact that if they go outside, they would ultimately become sick because of the virus.

Now, lets talk about people who are sitting at their houses doing nothing but seeing the news all day and getting more and more frightened every second. These people are only seeing the bad in the pandemic and do not realize that there is good part to it too. Now, most people reading this must be thinking what I’m talking about, so let me explain it to you; the outbreak made us all stay inside our respective homes. This has resulted in an enormous decrease in the pollution all over the world. In India, a state like Delhi, where the air used to be highly contaminated, there the air pollution (API) has drastically decreased. The hole in the ozone layer is also getting small, which is amazing. This tells us, that nature is getting replenished by humans not abusing the planet, because, of fear the virus has struck in us. All the bad things that we did to the nature are now getting repaired and coming back to its original form. This, after all, is going to help us in the future.

Now, of course the nature wants us to pay for the replenishment. So, the payment is the virus making us sick, but the good part is that it has, given us a choice of not getting sick by distancing ourselves from the outside world for a few days. And by the time, doctors come up with the vaccine, I’m sure, the world would be a better and a cleaner place to live in.

Hence, here comes the talk about perspective. There is always a good side and a bad side to everything in this world. Well, some have more good in them than bad and vice versa but both of it is always present. Therefore, it is our choice; to either see the good or the bad. People who want to have a positive and happy life should always find the good in everything no matter how much the situation is inclined towards the bad. It all depends on how we see things and what is our perception about it.
Remember, every dark cloud has a silver lining!

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FEAR

Embrace your fear instead of resisting it

Fear-An unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger, real or imagined. Everybody has a fear of at least one thing. I’m sure, no one can disagree with it, and people who say that they don’t fear anything, are scared to admit the fact, for their own personal reasons of course, which infact is a fear on its own.

To be honest, people shouldn’t be ashamed of the actuality that they are scared of something, even though that something, is silly according to them. Rather, they should proudly accept and confront it.

Confronting fear can be very hard. Sometimes people cannot do it in their whole lifetime. I, for example, am scared of darkness and haven’t been able to get rid of it even though I’m fifteen now. It’s not because I watch horror movies sometimes, but it’s because I’m just apprehensive of it in general that has nothing to do with scary movies.

According to me, fear is like a necessary evil, more on the evil side, but its also necessary sometimes. It just makes us feel safe because we prevent doing things that give us the frightening chills. Feeling afraid is very natural and helpful in many situations, if you think of it.

Therefore we should accept these facts and move on. We should also try to face these fears and throw them out of our lives if they are bothering us a lot, but if that doesn’t happen, then we should embrace it and let the fear course through us. We should say a hello to fear and sit with it instead of pushing it away and resisting it.

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IRONY

We all love holidays, don’t we? People of all age groups, whether it be a kid studying at school or an adult who goes daily to the office, everybody craves for a relaxed day at home. I’m sure, all of us have heard people cribbing for a family time and have heard them saying, they don’t get enough time to practice their hobbies, and are always busy with work from office or college or school. Personally, I used to listen to these particular sentences a lot of times everyday by many people and used to feel sorry for them.

Now, during this dreadful time, almost the whole world is in the state of complete lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is a dangerous situation but there is a good part to it. Everybody is told to stay at there homes and not get out under any circumstances. This means that they don’t have to work as much as they used to. The best part is, most of them are getting paid from the place they work even though they aren’t providing them any profit, which, according to me, is amazing.

Here comes the irony of this time:
Before the pandemic, everybody wanted time for themselves and their family, they wanted relaxation and wanted to do all sorts of stuff excluding their work, but now, all they want is to go to schools and offices to do their jobs. Funny, isn’t it? People are detesting things they wanted before and wanting things they detested before. They are getting bored of relaxing whereas this was the only thing they were craving and crying for, a few months back.

Here, comes the irony of life:
After looking at the present circumstances, I realized that this weird and uncanny situation takes places with everybody, all the time. People always want things they don’t have, and when they finally have the thing they want, they are never happy and content with it. This has now become a human tendency and a common character that everyone possesses, which is sad yet inevitable in today’s world.