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Time has passed slowly and sometimes fast over the past four months as we come to grips with living with the pandemic.

Time has passed slowly and sometimes fast over the past four months as we come to grips with living with the pandemic. What was initially traumatic has slowly gained a quiet acceptance of taking precautions but not failing to live the moment. I have mourned the loss lives of people I do not know, I have celebrated the lives of those who overcame their illness… and in it all I have prayed every single day for the world to heal and right itself. I have wrestled with the uncertainties this time has brought and I have also stood tall in the face of it all.

Everywhere I see the question in people’s hearts: when will this end? I don’t know whether they mean when will the disease be vanquished or when will we overcome our fears and move on with life. Will Covid 19 ever really go away? I don’t think so. We will learn to adapt and live with it.

Life has become especially difficult for the vulnerable. It’s changing the dynamics of what we know and what worked. The most beautiful thing that I saw grow out of this time is how it inspired kindness, generosity, patience and courage. It deepened our sense of self on multiple fronts breaking open the masks we wore to reveal our deepest fears and our greatest strengths. It has also taught us about our shared reality whether you live in the third world or the first.

There will always be pain, anxiety, illness and loss in this world. What matters is the mental resilience we build to deal with it. The virus can harm your body, it may even kill you but living with fear will kill your very being; it is a fate worse than death. By all means, be careful and take utmost precautions but don’t allow the unseen to hurt you more than it should. Life doesn’t go on forever, and for no one. The time you have is now, live it with purpose, passion and meaning. Breathe.