One Day, This Will All Be Over
It may seem scary, but this too shall pass
The world has become a strange place. The days come and go and we are greeted with more bad news and ominous reports.
Venturing out of the house for a brief walk, you are confronted by the realities of our time. Streets that were once full of people, empty and desolate.
Vast expanses of roads empty with no cars in sight. In a sign of these strange times, goats are taking over a small seaside town in Wales.
All the norms, everything that we have come to take for granted has been replaced in the blink of an eye. If you're prone to looking at the world in a negative light, it’s easy to look at things and wonder if they will ever get better. Will they ever return to some form of ‘normal’?
Well, the answer is simple. Yes, they will.
One day, in the near future, this will all be over. It may take a year, it may take two years, but things will go back to normal.
This may be new to us, but pandemics have happened before and they will happen again. It only feels disorientating and scary because we have never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes.
All of these pandemics affected the planet and killed millions. Times were hard, but one day, the suffering stopped.
It may seem like we will be stuck with the Coronavirus forever, but we won’t. The day is coming when we will be free of this menace. That thought should give you solace in these dark times.
I can’t recall a time like this during my 30 years on this planet. Half the world is in lockdown to ward off the threat of a deadly virus which is stalking us at every corner.
Whole countries have been shut down in response to an invisible enemy. Instead of thriving metropolises, we see empty streets with barely a soul in sight.
It’s all very surreal. Suddenly, we have gone from watching movies such as Contagion and 28 Days Later to living in similar scenarios. Reality really is stranger than fiction.
In this climate, it’s easy to slide into pessimism. It’s easy to think that things will get worse and that we are all doomed, but such thinking is not only counter-productive, but it’s also wrong.
Yes, things will get worse in the short-term. That is indisputable. We have no idea how will be under lockdown. It’s likely that tens of thousands if not will lose their lives in the coming months.
These are terrible thoughts, and the grim reality of the situation that we find ourselves in.
However, in the long run, things will get better. The virus will subside, a vaccine will render it impotent. The threat will subside. It may feel a long way away, but the day when we are free of the scourge of coronavirus is coming.
This too shall pass
It’s important to remember in times of crisis, that they do not last forever. The First and Second World Wars lasted for four and six years. It must have felt like an eternity to those who were alive at the time, but one day they ended.
When the mainstream media is dominated with one story, it’s hard to see past it and realise that we will eventually come out of it. But we will.
The majority of us will have been through dark periods in our lives. I know I have. For me, it was a series of debilitating panic attacks that plagued me for six months in 2017.
I had to go to the hospital twice because I thought I was having a heart attack. Another panic attack occurred in the back of my friend's car on the way home from a wedding. At that time, I thought I was doomed to suffer from these attacks forever. I couldn't see a way out.
Eventually, I saw a Doctor and they recommended I go to a talk about anxiety and how to deal with it. At this point, I was willing to try anything, so I went along. During that talk, everything fell into place.
Everything made sense. There was nothing wrong with me, I hadn’t turned into some strange being in the space of six months. I was suffering from something that is innately human, anxiousness. Mine had just gone into overdrive.
The talk made me realise that I could get this under control and that it wouldn’t last forever. My panic attacks were not destined to be with me forever, they were manageable.
Ever since that talk, I can count the number of panic attacks I’ve had on one hand. From thinking that I was destined to suffer these attacks forever, I feel better than ever.
Tough times are a given in life. We will all experience them in one form or another. Right now, we are all going through one together. For some, it will be harder than others, but maybe for the first time in human history, we really are all in it together.
That’s why it’s important we remember that this will pass. Things may not go back to how they were, but some form of normality will return. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and yearning for things to go back to the way they were, it’s best to make use of this time.
Learn a new skill or a language. Read books, start writing. Whatever it is, make the most of this time because it will be over one day.
Things may be bad, but we can make the best of a bad situation. Positivity is hard to come in time such as these, but remembering that this will not last forever is important when times are bleak.
The words of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor who ruled, and succumbed to a plague, are a reminder that one day, this will be all over:
“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current: no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place. This too will be swept away.”