Let’s take lockdown as an opportunity!

Ayush Adhikari

April 23, 2020

5 MIN READ

Let’s take lockdown as an opportunity!

Deserted street in Kathmandu. (Photo/Khabarhub)

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With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) currently terrorizing the world, we the humble citizens of the earth have been, in a sense, away from our daily lives, from our jobs, studies, and put in a rather exhausting lockdown.

But, it’s not all that bad. After all, it is for our safety and health. Due to this lockdown or quarantine, we have got a perfect opportunity to spend time with our families, engage in family activities, and create a more positive environment in our homes, at least most of us.

Being in a nuclear family, this lockdown cannot be more tiring. Since my father’s office is literally his second home, he has decided to live out this lockdown there. And this decision of his has made me and my mother go to my grandmother’s house (My mother’s mother). It is a little better being here than at home all alone, but this place has its disadvantages.

First, since my mother’s whole family basically lives here in this little community, there are a lot of little kids. And these kids, you don’t want to mess with them! They are like their own little army!

Though they mostly have civil wars between each other, start a war with one of them and soon enough all of them will jump at you. The other day I accidentally tripped on one of them, and suddenly all of them started kicking me and beating me.

Secondly, my grandmother is a health fanatic! She is constantly bugging me to drink lots of water, wash my hands and feet even though I haven’t gone anywhere, and so much more! I understand that she is concerned about my health and she has every right to be. But honestly, I think I can take care of myself; I love my Grandmother a lot and I don’t mean this in a bad way.

Lastly, every day is the same. Don’t get me wrong, this is a common problem for everyone in this lockdown, but my case is a little different. Hear me out. Every day when I wake up, my very concerned grandmother yells at me for waking up late. Everyday. Then my mother yells at me to study. Everyday.

After that thing calms down a little bit, I eat breakfast, then watch YouTube for two hours. Then the yelling begins again. “Go down to play”, “Take a shower”, “Study”, and this continues until I go to sleep. So, my problem isn’t the activities I do daily, it’s the people who are around me and annoying me about things I can’t do or already have done.

But, not everything’s bad. Because of this lockdown, I have got an excellent opportunity to prepare even more for my SEE. I have got a chance to play with my friends and cousins, workout and lose weight, and catch up on the entertainment I have missed preparing for the SEE.

So, while this lockdown has been exhausting and tiring, it has given me a chance to slow down, evaluate life choices, and make my life a better one. I really can’t wait for all of this to end soon so I can get my SEE over with… but by the looks of it, I am going to have to wait a lot longer. Just a little side note: I am thankful for all the healthcare workers and everyone who is working day and night to fight this pandemic.

Not just in Nepal but all over the world… It is because of them we have hope that we can get through this pandemic. They will probably not see this but it’s the thought that counts right?

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