Hope in the Age of Coronavirus

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During the peak of the second world war, there lived an old fisherman. The small town where the fisherman lived was the hotspot of daily bombings. The war brought a massive hysteria. People were scared to go to work, to meet other people, and to gather for any social events.

Amid this negativity and panic, the old fisherman made a point to go fishing every day. Irrespective of what the situation was, he took his boat and went fishing every day without fail. People around him thought he was really foolish and that he might get himself killed.

One day, someone decided to confront him. A guy went to his house and asked the old man, “Why do you go fishing every day? Don’t you love your life?” To this, the old fisherman smiled and said,

“I love my life and that is why I go fishing every day.”

He continued, “I can’t control what’s happening around me. I can’t control the outcome of the war. What I can control is my own life and that is why I try to do what I can to maintain normalcy.”

“You people have stopped living your lives due to the fear that the war might kill you. But you don’t realize that it is exactly what you are doing; taking your own lives.”

“I love fishing, and by doing it every day, I am trying to live the most I can. So if one day war kills me, I won’t die with regrets.”


Isn’t it profound what the old man said?

The coronavirus pandemic around us is not much different from a war. There is fear all around us and we only come across bad news whenever we turn on the television.

The ubiquity of social media has only made matters worse. Our lives have stopped, sporting events have been canceled, stock markets are falling, and there are travel restrictions all around the globe. Everything seems bleak at the moment.

At this point, the words by the old fisherman could really help us. Isn’t it profound what the old man said? We have stopped living because of the fear of this coronavirus.

Let me make myself very clear first. I am not asking you to go outside your homes and get infected. That would be very foolish.

By all means, take precautionary measures and save yourself by doing what the World Health Organization has been telling you to do in terms of personal hygiene.

But try your best to maintain normalcy despite the restrictions you have. Remember, the experts have been saying that the psychological and emotional impact of coronavirus is making matters worse. Panic about the disease is a bigger threat than the disease itself.

We can’t let fear win. Taking the necessary precautions will only take care of our physical well being. But for our mental well being, we can take some lessons from the old fisherman and try to maintain normalcy.

So here’s what we can do to maintain some normalcy.

  • Humans are social beings. So, don’t underestimate the power of human connection. Try to get in touch with your friends, family, and colleagues. Try to socialize, more so than ever.
  • Make more jokes. Share more comic videos. Laugh at more memes. The simple act of laughter can have a significant impact on our emotional well being.
  • Stop complaining about how your life was before this pandemic. Instead, look for what changes you need to bring in your life to adjust to this new reality. This might include businesses and organizations finding innovative ways of keeping things going, even in quarantine.
  • Make sure to stick to a routine. Even something as simple as washing your dishes can lead you to a better routine (The video below explains it wonderfully).
  • Pick up a new habit. It’s the best time to pursue your long lost love for art, writing, singing, or dancing.
  • Educate yourself about the disease and try to appreciate the work some scientists around the world are doing.

You can also check out the audio transcript of this article on YouTube. Check out the video below.


Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a professional content writer and writing coach.

My writing revolves around the themes of happiness and contentment, and I also share tips on improving writing skills.

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