Thank God the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually reducing around the world and things are beginning to normalize a bit, people can now travel from one county to another even though there seems to be some restrictions.
This period has not only been a time of lockdown for me but it has also been a period of learning for me. I was able to learn some things which I might not have been able to learn if not for the lockdown.
I guess you must have learnt one or more things during this period, I don’t want to believe it was all about watch TV, eating and sleeping. Well, if that was it, it is never too late to start learning something new.
I will be sharing with you few things I learnt during this pandemic period.
There is a Great God
I’m putting this first because some people still feel that there is no God or they are not sure if God really exist. Well, I have good news for you and it is that God does exist.
The most powerful nations were shaken by COVID-19, which shows that there is a greater power greater than that of all nations.
I do not believe the COVID-19 was invented by any nation. I believe it was invented by an unseen force just to bring about rest on the whole earth and as you could see, there was truly rest on the whole earth.
This also opens my eyes to the fact that God is a merciful God because most third world nations were not really affected by the pandemic but it left a serious blow on bigger nations. I believe this happened because God knew the bigger nations can manage such issues while the smaller nations cannot manage such issues. That is just the hand of God at work.
The thing is I already believe God existed even before now but this experience just reaffirmed it more.
Change is the only constant thing in life
If they had told you by January 2020 that this year would be like this, no traveling, no social events, no gathering at the stadium, no offload be school, no church services) for some months, you would have argued it’s a lie. In short, I would have done the same also.
I had a wedding ceremony to attend a month after the lockdown began and in my mind, I was so confident that I was going to attend the wedding.
Reality dawned on me that I wasn’t going to attend the wedding ceremony when the lockdown kept getting extended.
In all I’ve learnt once more that change is the only constant thing in life. It happens whether you expect it or not. It happens whether you are prepared or not, it also happens whether you are aware or not, it just happens
We can always adapt to changes
As humans we’ve been structured in such a way that we can adapt to changes but most times we believe we cannot adapt to changes. The truth is that as humans, it is in our nature to adapt to different situations. You might have not really experienced this part of you because you’ve not given yourself to it.
The reason I’m saying this is because a lot of time we get scared of taking up new opportunities due to the fact that we are scared of how we will adapt in new situations.
If you really want to succeed in life, you should be ready to adapt to new situations and challenges. You might need to lose the old to get the new, you might need to leave the good things in order to get the great things.
Now is the time to try out something new, now is the time to take up new opportunities because that’s what is going to affect your future.
Rest is needed
One of the things I’ve learnt during this period is that it is good to take rest sometimes. It is really good to take time to rest sometimes.
During the locked down period that I rested, I was able to learn a lot of things and I was also able to rediscover myself.
I believe our rest shouldn’t be based on a compulsory rest like the lockdown. It should be something that is planned for already. The reasons for your rest shouldn’t be because of a lockdown or maybe when you are feeling sick.
Your rest should be taken because you need time off to rediscover yourself and sharpen yourself and your skills.
Be prepared to change
At every point in time you should be prepared for changes, get yourself ready for when situation changes.
Don’t have the mindset of staying in your comfort zone and not wanting to adapt to new situations because you’re comfortable where you are right now.
One of the ways to prepare for changes that might occur is to keep developing yourself, keep learning new skills that can be useful to you in future. For instance, if you have a good job, you should be planning for what’s going to happen when you leave the job and the best way to do that is to do that is to invest into your future now. This could be by saving funds, starting a side business or developing new skills that you can leverage on.
This COVID-19 period is actually presenting a fresh opportunity to everyone. So, it depends on how you look at it.
If you keep complaining about the negative effect of COVID-19, you might never see the opportunity it is presenting you.
If you take your time to reflect inward to see the opportunity it is presenting to the world then you will definitely see the opportunity it is presenting you.
You might say a lot of businesses have crashed during this period but I can also tell you that a lot of businesses have made massive profit this period because they were able to see beyond the complains instead, they saw the opportunities presented.
I’ve just listed few things I’ve learnt during this pandemic period. I would also love to hear what you’ve learnt during this period so that others can also learn from your lockdown experience.