The Corona virus stormed into our lives over 3 years ago and literally sucked the very breath out of us. With classrooms and boardrooms cancelled, concerts and Sunday services cancelled, celebrations and gatherings cancelled, life as we knew it cancelled, some of us went to bed every night wondering whether or not tomorrow too would also be cancelled.
People lost homes, jobs and their livelihoods. Some lost patience, confidence, and hope. We got sick, some of us even sicker. Some recovered and unfortunately some did not. Disagreements ensued between the masked vs the unmasked, the vaccinated vs the unvaccinated, and the woke vs the “un-woke”. And, if that weren’t already enough, this virus of pandemic proportions that unified the entire world under an umbrella of grief and suffering also ripped us apart, separating the young from the old, the live from the dead, the left from the right and the haves from the haves not.
Now after three years of lockdowns and a series of emotional ups and downs, people are tired. Tired of wearing masks, tired of being apart, tired of being unable to “breathe”, tired of having their nostrils swabbed and their arms poked, and most are just plain tired. As vaccination rates increase and regulations decrease, we’re all hopeful that sometime soon, this will completely cease.
In the meantime, if you’ve been out and about lately, one thing is quite clear, people are reclaiming their spaces in this world. People are accepting this new “norm” and moving forward and indoors again. Churches are open, schools and businesses are open, in fact most places are open, and hope and possibilities run endless. The time has come for us to take a renewed look at our lives and hopefully the lessons we have learnt while we were locked away. Sure, this virus ripped our lives apart and took some of our loved ones, but it has shown us a few things about ourselves. It showed us that we’re resilient and that we can be kind, sensible and compassionate in the face of misfortune and suffering. Hopefully we remember this as we move on to better days. Remember though, this virus is still not over, so please we must be safe and exercise good judgement as we move forward in reclaiming our spaces!