The COVID19 virus has opened the eyes of people worldwide to two important things: 1) life is a gift, and 2) people become their best self in times of crisis. Being in quarantine made everyone step up, so to speak. After a lot of grumbling, people eventually realized that they had to start tapping into basic life skills to survive or just be a decent human being in this time of crisis.
1. DECISION MAKING
Many hoarded toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the onset of the quarantine period. Seriously, is spending money on tissue paper more important than using one’s limited finances on food? Thankfully, more people made the right decision and found a balance between purchasing cleaning supplies and food for their families. Life Skills 1
2. PROBLEM SOLVING
Face masks quickly became a necessity, and the demand pretty soon surpassed the supply. As a result, individuals brought out their sewing kits and started making homemade face masks to meet the need. Some donated their creations to hospitals and retirement homes. Those who lost their jobs because of the stay-at-home order sold their homemade masks to help make ends meet.Life Skills 2
3. COPING WITH STRESS
Restaurants and fast-food chains could only offer carry out, drive thru, and delivery at this time so making meals at home became a must for many households. Cooking for the family became a way of coping with pandemic-related stress for others.
4. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Social distancing posed a challenge to the traditional school system. Administrators had to find a way to deliver lessons through the remainder of the school year. Virtual platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts became the new classrooms, taking patience and cooperation on both sides to a whole different level.
5. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
Undeniably, one of the best things that resulted from this quarantine period is stronger family relationships. Together for almost 24/7 now, family members turned to one another for emotional and social support. Posts of families doing dance challenges, talking walks, or studying together started appearing on social media.
Caring for others’ feelings brought about creative ways of celebrating milestones in this quarantined times. Friends and family have started birthday parades in place of birthday parties. Communities is gifting frontliners, teachers, and Senior high school students with specially designed shirts and trinkets to show these amazing groups of people that their hard work is recognized.
7. SELF-AWARENESS The current health issue has given every individual much-needed time to do some introspection. “How can I help” became the common question. Beer companies started making hand sanitizers. Housewives made face masks. Kids wrote encouraging letters to medical personnel. Students drew on pavement to express themselves. EVERY ONE looked inside themselves and found some form of strength to cope with the problem.
“Disaster and crisis brings out the best in us… [and] it’s crucial to remember this,” historian Rutger Bregman (2020) wrote, reflecting on the COVID19 pandemic. While it is outstanding that the best version of society has shown up, here’s hoping that it doesn’t hide again when the pandemic ends.