Reflections: Getting the Pandemic Right

We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives. — Maya Angelou.

I had spent over ‘four months’ at home without school as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) — a public health disaster that’s been devastating to nations while social lifestyle and productivity have fallen as targeted lockdowns in several countries disrupt educational sector as well as depriving congregational religion services.

So, essentially there are other plans I had to be modified to fit into the COVID-19 new normal lifestyle. One of the quite major roles as a Nigerian student is that I have just earned is an improvement in literature (reading and writing) monumental moments to feel delighted with relatives and neighbors — moments sharing circumstances and experiences as the deadly virus trapped us in our house.

In essence, my daily schedule while the Coronavirus creates us in a new form of being, a few days in Lagos after the compulsory total school closure — late March in Southwest Nigeria, each day is coupled with emotions, thoughts, and decisions intent to face the uncertainty and fear of a pandemic such as COVID-19.

During the day, of the many joys and sheer luck, I gain a good time spent at a nearby workshop — at least take ends. Smiles. As you might expect, my siblings and I found excitement in the evening spending time chit-chatting, attending to mom's errands, however, I passed considerable time interacting with friends and flickering through collections of publications and texts.

On the flip side, a lot of plans particularly those involving physical presence has been disrupted, sadly, the cancellation of Jumah prayer as a result of COVID-19 forfeited congregational Friday prayer, It pains me. Surprisingly, I underwent a kind of isolation and confinement, a lifetime seemingly for prisoners, all I could do is to acknowledge the gift of existence and all other forms of creative imaginations, giving my younger self a stronger sense of resilience as I consider it essential for my mental consciousness.

Ideal weekend evenings are spent with wonderful moments with few Muslims friends around our neighborhood were my father and fellow acquaintance interact with each other mostly on Islamic theology, teachings and lectures which appeared inspiring and stimulating, one of the worldview line; “Allah commands you to be straightforward in worshipping Him, by following the Messengers who were supported with miracles and obeying what they conveyed from Allah and the Law that they brought. He also commands sincerity in worshipping Him, for He, Exalted He is, does not accept a good deed until it satisfies these two conditions: being correct and in conformity with His Law, and being free of evil”

While April gives way to May since the pandemic took hold — the number of new cases continues to increase in exponential growth. Interestingly, my beard began growing unhurriedly...smiles and as a college student in the time of the pandemic, my smartphone and internet give a pleasant and streamline familiarity to discover and reflect on ‘life & existence’ in the truest sense. At present, COVID-19 has made a tough fall times and silence a whole lot of development and diversification around the world. It's high we facilitate the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and staying out of crowded spaces in the midst of a pandemic. COVID-19 is a very toxic health problem. Stay safe! 


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