It would be an understatement to say the year 2020 has not been the easiest. At PRA, we recognize how difficult it has been for so many and wanted to share some of our personal experiences, ones that made us realize what we are most grateful for and what we have learned – looking at the brighter side of COVID-19.
A Hidden Rainbow Beyond The Dark Clouds
These past few months have been noticeably chaotic for all of us. Whether they have consisted of Zoom meetings, just barely getting through school, or learning how to deal with your family 24/7, there have been lots of challenges when it comes to adjusting to our new quarantine lifestyle. However, there has also been a bright side to quarantine; one might say, a hidden rainbow beyond the dark clouds that have ceased to part for a while now.
One of the most positive aspects of quarantine for me has been the freedom that comes with not being allowed outside. I know, that sounds like an oxymoron, but hear me out. Rather than spending each day going through the same motions like planning out what time I’m going to eat, what I’m going to wear to school, or if I’ll be able to go out that evening, I’ve been going with the flow. Instead of fighting time and cramming information into my head for exams, I’ve been able to learn new things without having to worry about memorizing them. I’ve had the time to do this internship, to spend evenings with my friends, and to hang out at home every day with my family. If I wasn’t stuck in quarantine, I probably wouldn’t have made the time to do all these things because life would have been significantly more fast paced.
The other bright side of quarantine is that being stuck inside has made me ten times more grateful for those rare opportunities when I do get outside. I used to take every simple pleasure for granted; walking outside, breathing in fresh air without the fear that someone is going to cough on me, hugging a friend, taking the bus and looking at the big city were all givens for me. Now that I’ve been somewhat stripped of these small jewels in time, I’ve realized just how privileged I really am to have even been able to enjoy those moments.
Sure, quarantine has been hectic, emotionally draining and a bit sad, but it has also made me value the people around me much more and embrace gratitude for each moment. One day, whether it be soon or next year, the clouds will eventually part, and we will make it to the bright side. As Leo Tolstoy once said, “the strongest of all warriors are these two – patience and time.” Don’t let time pass you by and be patient as you wait for the clouds to pass.