Putting The Covid-19 Crisis Into Perspective

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 11 May 2020
Putting The Covid-19 Crisis Into Perspective
COVID-19 has changed our lives. Things are not what they used to be. All of a sudden we have been faced with unexpected obstacles that have taken us away from our goals and have caused unforeseen damage in various areas.
A friend who had planned her wedding on a beautiful Greek island this June was forced to reschedule it for next year, hoping that the situation will get much better.
Many people agree that we are going through a crisis. I believe we have all gone through at least one or two 'crises' at some point in our lives. For example, someone has failed the university exams or a relationship has ended the moment they least expected it or someone has missed what was considered a big opportunity.
Does it scare you when you hear the word "crisis"? Truth is the current situation is particularly intense because it affects all areas of our lives: health, finances, careers, relationships. Relationships are a challenge in themselves, even more now that cohabitation with our loved ones is on a mandatory 24-hour basis. Not only is this one of the most difficult things to do but we have forgotten how to do it and we may have even been alienated from each other. If we add that it's necessary to cook more than before, wash more, clean more, play teachers for our kids, etc etc, the equation gets much heavier. This whole situation has brought a lot of uncertainty, anxiety and loneliness.
Whether we like it or not, such is life. Unpredictable, with its ups and downs. What makes the difference is how we are going to deal with this situation. Do we whine while at the same time do nothing about it or do we accept the new conditions and move forward with courage?
And once we accept the situation, as it really is and not as we would like it to be, it is very important to realize that we do have choices. All of us. Because every situation or event acquires the value we give it, resulting in as much stress or pain as we allow it. 


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