What the Pandemic Has Taught Me About the Human Spirit
Nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop people from ultimately doing what they want to do
The human spirit never ceases to amaze me. Though I’ve only been on this earth for just shy of thirty years, I can say that the moments in which I’ve been able to witness triumph in my own life and in others’ lives has been truly inspiring.
Even witnessing triumph on a larger scale, such as overcoming obstacles with my family, or with colleagues at work, or within the city of New York, or even as a nation, it’s remarkable to witness the rare moments when people are able to come together collectively as one in honor of the greater good.
And now, more than ever, it’s especially important for us as humans to come together collectively in order to combat the ongoing pandemic that we’re currently in.
However, as much as I’d like to believe that we will come together as one, it’s also been an eye-opening revelation to see how people have been reacting in response to the events that have been occurring across the globe. And this is what I’ve learned thus far.
We’re all capable of experiencing the same emotions.
This pandemic has unmasked many truths that we didn’t see or possibly didn’t want to see. It’s unmasked many truths about ourselves as individuals, truths about people we know, truths about people we don’t know, and truths about our government. People are really showing their true selves in a time like this.
Over the past few months that I’ve been constantly scrolling through the endless feed of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, the one thing that I’ve noticed over and over again is the constant uproar of status updates in reaction to COVID-19. Many of these updates express the same emotions — sadness, anxiety, fear, uncertainty. We’re all on the same boat in this pandemic. We’re all feeling the same emotions because right now, we’re all going through the same thing.
It’s much harder to relate to people when you yourself haven’t been in a similar situation, but when it’s something that’s happening to all of us simultaneously, then it sheds light on how much we all feel the same emotions. At the same time, it also sheds light on how different each of us are reacting based on those emotions.
Freedom is universal.
At some point, we were all restricted from doing certain things due to COVID-19. Regardless of the city, state, or country that you reside in, COVID-19 has changed our way of life in some way, shape or form. Being in New York, I can personally say that it has completely turned my way of life upside down.
It’s hard to do anything or even think of doing anything outside of the comfort of my own home without the lingering fear of potentially contracting the virus. And that fear alone has limited my ability to live life as I normally would before any of this happened.
I’ve never felt such a disconnect from freedom in my life and it’s been an eye-opening experience because I’ve never been in this kind of position before. This yearning for freedom is a basic human need and it’s being felt across the globe. It’s universal.
Nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop us from ultimately doing what we want to do
Despite the fear that I personally have, not all others are willing to submit themselves to fear. For others, the longing for freedom wildly overpowers any possible fear that they could have. And because of that, people are ignoring all recommended safety measures or advice from health officials to remain socially distant.
To others out there, their freedom is more important than the safety of themselves or the people around them. And this is causing a divide in the word — a divide between those who are thinking of themselves versus those who are thinking of others.
At the end of the day, no matter how much you tell people what to do or what not to do and no matter how much you try to control people, nothing can really stop people from ultimately doing what they want to do — not even a pandemic.
The human spirit is relentless, tenacious, and perseverant. The human spirit, when severely tampered with, is a force to be reckoned with. And this can be both an inspiring, yet also potentially dangerous quality to witness.
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