There is no passion to be found in playing small — in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

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In our collective consciousness, there has been no time like the Covid. There was 9/11 in 2001, when as one world, we stood witness to a senseless act of brutality. And, for a while, we found comfort in our collective suffering as we tried to make sense of our changing world.

Cut to today, if someone says what they’re going through with Corona, we can literally put ourselves in their shoes. At the end, maybe, that might be the only positive outcome of these circumstances.

But, let’s not forget something else. If there’s anything unifying about humanity’s existence, its our solitary pursuit of happiness. Its the way in which we choose to define our successes and identify our failures. When we contemplate on how we’ve lived so far, it gives us a road map of how much we’ve endured. And that gives us unbridled hope for our future – that things will be better than how they’ve been so far.

For victims of abuse, neglect and disabilities, this stuff might seem like fluff. Those of you who’re about to kill yourself might not even want to hear what I’m about to say. But hang on with me for one more argument.

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For starters, think of yourself in the present moment. You’re alive and well. Let that courage dawn on you completely. 

Besides, there’s so much to do. We must fall in love, leave a legacy, make an impact, return the kindness of so many of those around us and so on….. Not to mention fulfill all those dreams you’ve promised yourself. After Covid, you will become fiscally responsible. You’ll try to stay on top of things. You will get less distracted. You will stay in touch with your loved ones. Haven’t you told yourself these??

Jokes apart, just hang on. You know on any given day, you’re doing your absolute best. And, that’s the only thing that matters.

Our beautiful life is worth fighting for every single moment of it. And more importantly, there’s someone in your life who deserves to know how you feel. At the end, all anyone of us has, is the time we have left here. Please, don’t take that one thing away from yourself.

 

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