In the hard times of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we must be hopeful and pragmatic.
Though it is hard to remain positive, what you do and how you act can impact the world around you for the better.
Despite the division our society faces daily, we must remember what unites us rather than what divides us.
Much like the cast of “High School Musical” said back in 2006, “We’re all in this together.” Whether it appears that way or not, it is true.
Doing things like using your voice to evoke optimal words of courage to others has the power to change another person’s perspective.
Even if things seem way out of your control, try to focus on the things that you can control. Things involving yourself like your attitude and actions.
While many aspects of today’s world can be overwhelming and may seem impossible to fix, we as individuals must take it upon ourselves to “do our part” and make positive changes where we can. We must support each other.
It is much easier to spread positivity in the world to create a chain effect than it is to put up a defeatist attitude. Little changes in our local communities can help create long-term effects in the grand scheme of things.
However, every ounce of hope comes with the process of patience.
Things may not be like what we are used to, like going to the grocery store without having fear of forgetting your mask at home or having the option to try clothes on in the store’s dressing room.
However, things will ultimately resume to normal in due time.
In the meantime, try focusing on the things you have gained rather than the things you have lost in the past few months.
Chloe Kim, an Olympic snowboarder reminds us how to stay hopeful yet patient in a Time magazine article featuring prominent figures in our culture.
“When we are faced with difficult and scary times, it’s important to try and figure out what this moment is teaching us. All of my best life lessons have come through difficult times,” Kim said.
A pandemic is certainly not what society wanted or needed, but it is the challenge we currently face. We must stand together against the problems we face and help one another.
Be kind to one another. These challenging times will pass.