Every once in a while, life gives you an opportunity to slow down and reflect back on where have you reached and what have you achieved so far. That’s exactly what happened with most of us during the nationwide lockdown. These tough times gave us a perspective to unwind and declutter not just the physical space around us, but also our mental states. And while we are in phase 1 of unlocking, we have already started missing our so to say quarantine life. So here’s a look back at how last 2.5 months have been.
|| By Gunjan Goel | 1st Runner Up Mrs. India Pride of Nation 2019
While some of us decided to reenergize and reboot ourselves, some discovered and kindled our inner talents by surpassing our own expectations. If I were to categorize myself in these two buckets, I would say I fall under both to some extent. Let me give you a sneak peak into my life during lockdown. My quarantine days began with a high note of energy and enthusiasm to make a positive change in my lifestyle, be more self-caring and focusing on channelizing my strengths while continuing to work from home.
I set up a small home office in the corner of my room to work from. I became a regular in my yoga and exercise sessions which helped to refresh myself and stay fit and healthy. I took more time to introspect and be thankful to the almightly for blessing me with a wonderful life, a great family, parents and the most loving life partner. Seeing the challenges being faced by the less privileged in such challenging times, me and my husband decided to help as many lifes as we can touch around us.
I started enjoying the sound of birds chirping, wind blowing while I enjoyed my cup of coffee sitting in the balcony listening to my favourite songs. I even started experimenting with food and prepared almost everything we generally like to order from outside (needless to mention cooking some lip smacking momos has been the most favourite and fulfilling part of my cooking dairies).
I would not deny that a significant part of my day (or Should I Say nights) went into watching movies, TV series, documentaries as well. But I also made it a point to take up a new habit. Reading is something which is not my cup of tea, however, one day I just happened to pick up my I pad and download kindle on it. The next thing I found myself doing was taking a subscription of Kindle unlimited on amazon which gave me access to a wide range on books to ponder upon and since then there has been no looking back. I now enjoy reading so much so that I like spending all my time reading rather than the usual Netflix and chill. After all, breaking the monotony is also important right. I wish to continue doing the same in times to come and make each day count.
I understand that life beyond this lockdown will never be the same. We will all have to embrace these changes in our lifestyles, adapt to the ‘new normal’ and make peace with it. This reminds me of a great learning I came across while watching the movie ‘Founder’ recently which describes the story of how a person named Ray Croc became to be known as the Founder of Mc Donalds. He says-
“Persistence. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent won’t. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius won’t. Unrewarded genius is practically a cliché. Education won’t. The world is full of educated fools. Persistence and determination alone are all powerful. Show that you don’t have to be defeated by anything. That you can have peace of mind, improved health and a never ceasing flow of energy. If you attempt each and every day to achieve these things, the results will make themselves obvious to you. While it may sound like a magical notion, it is in you to create your own future. The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. Or as Ralph Waldo Emerson declared, A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
On this note, let’s keep spreading positive vibes and never lose hope. We are all in this together and we will get through this by changing our attitudes. Good things are on their way.