The world as we know it has dramatically changed over the past few months as we were introduced to a virus; COVID-19. The first case was recorded on 31 December, 2020 in Wuhan China. Never in our wildest dreams would we have thought that we would be where we are today and yet here we are.
It has been quite a journey; emotionally demanding, physically draining and mentally distressing. The experience has been a daunting one to say the least but the journey continues.
To curb the fast spreading disease which affected the entire globe in almost an instant, a series of lockdown levels have been implemented. The first saw countries on a complete shutdown. This meant that the economy had to come to a standstill with only essential workers seeing the countries through.
Much of our lives have had to adjust to a new way of living, a new way of doing things. The process was not a smooth sail and to this day, 5 months later we are still adjusting. The lockdown came with so many painful changes, created astoundingly life changing situations and introduced a new normal which meant obliterating most of our daily habits.
Challenging as it was and is, we had to do our part, we must do our part. At some point we may lose perspective, we may wonder about the point of it all, but we need to remember the why. We need to remember the bigger picture; to get us all to a place of complete safety.
The lockdown for many of us has been a time of solitude. This is okay when it is a personal choice, and in fact can be therapeutic, but what about when you do not have a choice? The only choice available is to make do with what you have. This has proven to be quite the task. We are separated from our families, friends and all loved ones. Digital channels suddenly became our daily bread, our connection path.
This time has summoned an immense amount of mental strength. It saw us fighting several internal demons which had been silenced by our daily distractions. It has been a self-introspection and discovery journey. A journey which one must embark on occasionally to rediscover, rebrand and revitalize self.
Many of us were forced on this challenging journey. We discovered things about ourselves that we never even knew existed. We finally got to do that one thing we had been putting off for a while, and most importantly for a good few days to a few weeks, we got the much-needed rest we had been longing for. It was good for a while until reality started to kick in. It was harsh. Jobs were lost, funds started depleting, debts increased, and the trajectory slowly started to change. It had now become a survival quest. Life was completely no longer as we know it, and for a time that is how it will be.
The results of the self-discovery journey had to be applied on this survival quest which many had referred to as survival of the fittest. Fitness was required in every aspect, mentally, emotionally and physically. It is very important to note that the lockdown not only affected adults, but the kids as well, more importantly students and school kids.
If there was a time that warriors needed to rise, this is it. Had it not been for COVID-19, we would not be on lockdown. Life would be going on as we know it, attending our favorite events, going to our much-loved restaurants, planning adventures, preparing for the next career move and so much more. Unfortunately to get back to life as we know it, we need to adjust to a new normal first, find a rhythm to that new normal and re-prioritize.
Now that covid-19 has put us in a state of lockdown, with much of the restrictions eased, we need to take the time to reflect and absorb all the changes that have taken effect. We need to see them as an opportunity, an opportunity to rise to the challenge and make an impactful difference.
Our new normal is not an entirely bad thing, if anything, it is a new era, an era of mind-blowing innovations. We will rise to the occasion, we will conquer. Take time to reflect and go back to the drawing board. This is just the beginning.
About Motlagomang Hoala
Motlagomang is the founder and CEO of Dexterous Holdings. The company was registered in 2019 and has clients both in South Africa and Lesotho. It is a business consultancy company that provides the following services:
- Business profiles, proposals and plans
- Bookkeeping and Accounting
- Transcriptions, proof reading and editing
Dexterous Holdings operates also digitally so as to adhere to the Covid-19 safety regulations but still delivers quality work, nonetheless.
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