Life is anything but easy. This is one truth we learn only when we leave our home, and step into the world to earn our place. Before this time comes—and it does come for everyone—our parents and guardians protect us from every danger out there. From their love and care, they create a small world for us where our every wish comes true. Meanwhile, parents prepare their children for the worst as well. They know life is unpredictable after all. But how unpredictable, other than time, no one can tell.
Unfortunately, you can’t prepare for something you can’t foresee, like the pandemic, and the consequential lockdown. They turned bad into worse, and worse into impossible. The lockdown was tough for everyone but even tougher for people living alone. Especially for a 20-something woman like me who was so used to the comfort of her home, getting stranded in a different city seemed like a death sentence.
Initially, the lockdown did seem like a death sentence. There was no one to ask for help. But after a few months, I realised it wasn’t so bad. In fact, the lockdown turned out to be an experience that helped me grow up and see the world in a new light. Here’s how.
I found order and balance
For the best part of my life, my parents were the ones who took care of bringing balance to my daily routines. Like a soldier, I followed their orders, and everything was perfect. I used to wake up early, eat on time, and manage to find time for studies and sports too. After the lockdown, when I was all alone, I had no choice but to take the reins of my life into my own hands. I cooked my meals, did my laundry, completed my work, and found enough time to relax as well. It was tough in the beginning. But when you don’t have any other choice but to keep pushing yourself, life becomes rewarding.
In the end, I realised, it’s all about managing your time well. That’s how you bring balance and order to your life.
I became more compassionate
Growing up I took a lot of things for granted. I was a pampered child who had her parents to look after her. I hardly cared about the world, the environment, or the life I was living.