I tried really hard to not blog about the worldwide pandemic that has or will slowly affect all of us – the Covid-19 strain of the coronavirus. There was too much about it doing the rounds already – from fake news, conspiracy theories, home remedies, death statistics, lack of ventilators to even anti-bacterial medicine suggestions! Some even went to the extent of informing me that the sonic vibrations of the applause rendered in favour of the first line of responders were caught by NASA satellites and the strain of the virus is effectively being weakened. To all those who might have trouble comprehending, the previous sentence IS NOT TRUE. Applause doesn’t kill strains of virus. However, as I was saying, I’d decided not to blog about until this morning.
After 10 straight days of lockdown, when I stepped out today, I found a lot of others standing at the grocery store, not just physically social distancing themselves but also socially. At least, twenty people and not one person with a smile on their face. Sombre masked faces, averted gazes and the stress of the insecurity of freedom and potential scarcity bogging their shoulders down. In these trying times, we as a people need to not only sustain ourselves nutritionally but also emotionally and psychologically. Yes, social media does help but are we still sharing our inner-most fears, looking for the tiny moments of happiness, uplifting ourselves through a time that we may have never imagined seeing in our lifetime? But this too shall pass.
However, until it doesn’t, I am rolling out a #100HappyDays Challenge (idea courtesy –http://100happydays.com/). I’ve done this challenge before and it helped me then, so why not now?
- Actively look for something through the day that made you smile – your mother’s video call, your dog’s puppy eyes, a new recipe that you mastered, the pigeon by your ledge, a long pending finished work project, Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle or Jennifer Lawrence’s rise from the Oscars’ staircase or even that you took a bath after 3 days! It could be anything – but it has to be about you.
- Write a blog, post a comment on my #100HappyDays series, post a video, a picture – anything you want – but spread the happiness around.
- In these bleak times, more than ever, people want to know about the person you are and what made you happy – maybe it’ll make them happy too! After all, you’re not alone in this fight. We’re all in this together.
P.S. Drop a note if you’re interested! I promise I will try to keep in touch with you throughout. Spread word! Stay safe ❤