MANY of us would have seen reassuring messages during our enforced stay at home during the movement control order (MCO) period. We are reminded to be thankful for being given the opportunity to spend time with our family members and also encouraged to do things at home that we never had the time for because of our busy schedule.
Nonetheless, this luxury of time that has suddenly come our way is somewhat of a curse to some people. Those whom I have spoken to say they are bored and feel as if they are in a vacuum. In most cases, they feel that their freedom has been snatched away from them.
Why is this loss of freedom affecting people so much? Well, humans are creatures of habit and we have accustomed ourselves to routines and live our lives as if we are on autopilot.
It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit; the MCO period has certainly gone beyond this. Looking back, throughout the period under partial lockdown, most of us would have formed new habits and routines. We would have eaten home-cooked food and spent more time with our loved ones than we ever did before.
We have all experienced a shift in our lives, hopefully for the better. So, do we want to revert to our old ways? Let’s reflect deeply on what’s important to us. What are our real priorities?
If there is one thing the MCO has taught us, it’s that the rat race must end. Yes, we do need to earn a living, and understandably some of us do not have much choice but to rejoin the rat race. The answer is balance.
The Covid-19 pandemic would have taught us about the importance of physical, emotional and spiritual resilience. If we learnt this lesson, we will be better prepared should a catastrophe like Covid-19 happen again. We have armed ourselves with a new way of living, one that is sustainable, moderate and enriching.
SANATH SUKUMARAN, Bangsar
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