PETALING JAYA: The coronavirus outbreak around the world has had negative implications for some people but for others there are valuable lessons to be learnt.
National ice skater Julian Yee, who is based in Canada, said he looks at things differently after going through the enforced strict social distancing practice.
The 22-year-old, who became the first Malaysian to compete in the Winter Olympics when he competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, said while some are complaining of being bored at home there are people who are struggling to survive during this trying times.
“I think this situation teaches us so many lessons. We have to come together to help the community in any way we can, especially for those underprivileged, ” said the 2019 SEA Games gold medallist.
“There are so many other people out there who have been affected in more ways than us. Some don’t even have food.
“Another important thing that I have learned is to manage my time. We always complain that we have no time, and now that when we do, we tend to procrastinate.
“For me, I have made a schedule and set targets as to what I need to get done in the day and then only chill and relax after that.”
Julian said the social distancing practice in Canada has been strict and in the first two weeks or so he has been keeping himself busy with university assignments and exams online.
“After that, I kind of had to figure out how to make use of my time. It is a good time to plan for future events and seminars to conduct in the future.” said the Human Resources Management programme student at York University in Toronto.
“Other than that, I’ve been trying to stay active and sharing some online skating videos with fellow skaters at the Mariposa School of Skating. Meanwhile, it’s also a great time to indulge in my hobby... cooking.”
Julian was supposed to compete at this year’s World Championships in Montreal on March 16 but the event has been cancelled.
Julian also calls home regularly.
“We check on each other every now and then. The good thing is that the Internet is not affected by the virus, ” said Julian.
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