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Life as we 'knew' it by Veena Paul

Life as we knew it came to a grinding halt, within a space of a few months our lives changed drastically. An unseen enemy seized the world, an enemy against which not even top scientists armed with state-of–the-art technology, have been successful to date in eradicating this biological warfare against humanity.

COVID-19 brought change to societies on a global scale, and to daily life, we saw communities slowing down, we saw industries slowing down, we saw the world slowing down at great speed.

With each passing day we remain hopeful that things will change, everything will go back to normal, it’s just a matter of time. But if we are brutally honest with ourselves, can we truly say that we want things to go back to normal? In our so-called “normal “world, everything seemed to be moving at the speed of light.

We hurtled through life rarely stopping to actually live, we only existed. COVID-19 slowed down the world and in so doing it gave us a chance to re-evaluate, rethink, review, reconnect, relax, rest and reset. Suddenly the buzz word “the new normal” became reality in a way that no-one envisaged.

Amidst the catastrophic health impact and the rapid decline of economies world-wide emerged a 'NEWNESS'. A newness to the way we worked, a newness to the way we lived, a newness to the way we learnt, a newness to the way we connected with each other and ironically people are connecting more whilst being apart.

Over the past few months I have learnt that everything in life is transient and that is exactly what makes life so precious. I have learnt that it is possible to work differently, live differently and think differently. This pandemic has definitely accelerated change in how we do business, by working remotely it has changed the dynamics of the usual working culture. This is an opportunity to re-invent ourselves, to move away from the old and embrace the new, to adapt to a new way of life that will afford us all an opportunity to strike a healthy balance in our lifestyle .

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