COMING OUT OF COVID-19
There’s no doubt that all of us have been tested in the past few months. The unprecedented situation of COVID-19 has taken a toll on people’s mental, physical, and emotional health. Laws have been passed and revoked in a matter of days, people have been restricted in a way that has not happened before, and there is a general confusion and anxiety that permeates the world as we wait to be released. Despite this, it is always important to look for the positives of a scenario. Even little ones. We have continued to live, to breathe, and to function. If COVID-19 is a sign of anything, it is of the undying human spirit that continues to flourish in the darkest of times. For some, it has been the biggest struggle of their life - and this has made them grow stronger and tougher than ever before. Some have had the opportunity to look inwards and focus on improving themselves for the better. Either way it has changed how we view ourselves...should we also use this as an opportunity to change our view of others? Coming into COVID-19, we had just seen some of the most horrific fires in living memory. People rallied together to help those who had been disadvantaged and donated out of their own pockets to come together and fight against this event. However, when it came to COVID-19, it was a different story. At the beginning, the community began to look out for themselves, with toilet paper and sanitiser flying off the shelves at unprecedented rates. But slowly and surely, we began to come together as a community (metaphorically that is) to provide for and protect those that are more vulnerable in our community. We thanked the frontline workers. We made sure to be kind. We supported local businesses. And we were all better off because of it. So coming out of COVID-19, we should continue to foster empathy for other people within our community. Continue to support local businesses and take care of one another when you get the opportunity to. Look to communicate with elderly residents of aged care facilities that suffer from loneliness not unlike what we have experienced during our time in isolation. Empathy is a precious thing that can grow from something as unusual and difficult as this, and making sure we continue to nurture that skill is something we should all be focused on.