A Lockdown Story
By: Opinya Joseph Steven
The advent of COVID -19 in the country paved way for the halt in business activities. This has led us to a lock down that has subjected us to series of experiences we won’t forget in a hurry. It has exposed us to a life style we never envisage practicing such as the advice to maintain 2 meter social distance when communicating with people. This is something we never saw coming.
We are in a time when our freedom to associate and move from one place to another has been reduced to nothing, as all we care about is how to stay alive and safe.
The once free bird has now become a caged bird with no option but either to stay at home or stay at home.
Imagine how time flies. How season changes. How ways of trading, way of salutation, and ways of worship all changed before our very eyes. This has indeed exposed me to the reality of life. Most times, we may not actually know what we want.
I can remember complaining and lamenting about the work load in the office with no time to rest. I had always looked forward to when I will be free to go home. As a matter of fact, I was actually happy when I initially heard about the two weeks lockdown. To me, this was an answer to prayers, but with the prolonged lock down that has kept me at home for weeks now, I must say that it has become a burden to me. And every day, I now look forward to when the lock down can be lifted for things to go back to normalcy.
Interestingly, the lockdown has given me enough time to get closer to God through prayers and searching of the scripture. I have used this platform to develop and build more capacity through series of online training and workshops. It has also offered me more time to spend with my family.
In all, I can say that COVID- 19 is not just a monster that has frightened us, taken away loved ones, and kept us away from our jobs. In duality, it has also revealed the beauty of life to us, and helped us to build family ties and observe more personal hygiene.
I have come to understand that most times, life isn’t as we think. The freedom we once wished and prayed for can actually become a burden that we may never want to bear. I look forward to when things can return to normalcy. Whereby in the midst of our busy schedule, we still had time to relate with friends. Time to relax for a while, worship with other brethren, make decisions for ourselves and enjoy our rights.
A Note From Eden: Dear Sir Joe,
In depths, each paragraph of your story effortlessly has a ‘food for thought’. On balancing things in life. On gratitude. On our relationship with God, family and more, you have pointed out the light through these paths in our life’s journey. Thanks for sharing your truth with us at Express-Shun. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.