Dear Sid and Abhi, 01/01/2035
It is so satisfying to see both of you grow up and going ahead in your life, at your own pace, and liking, I feel happy for you. I wish you both only happiness and nothing more.
We have come a long way together. From a time where I wanted to disown you for your irrational behavior during the teenage phase to loving you both beyond everything else. We put through all, and now I see both of you towering me on either side.
No one gets a comfortable life, and each one faces his/her share of ups and downs. As you were growing up you shared some of your experiences with me and hid some odd episodes. And that’s absolutely fine as each one has a way of expression and I totally respect it. Well, I did the same too.
In this letter, I want to talk to you about the catastrophe the entire world went through almost a decade back.
I am unsure if both of you remember about the epidemic or not. I believe Sid will surely do.
It was a tough time, my boys.
Let me narrate what I was going through that time as now you boys are big enough to understand my erratic behavior back then.
So, it is the year 2020. Abhi, you are 10, and Sid, you are 14 when the epidemic of Corona Virus hit the world and brought everything to a standstill.
The first quarter has just begun, and my excitement is at its peak. I have reasons to feel excited. New projects are coming my way. I have ventured into cycle tourism, and I am in conversations with venture capitalists, partnering organizations, and branding. I got back to work after a long gap, and I was making advances taking one step a time. Things are shaping up, and I was very hopeful that my enterprise will take off. I was working on not just one but two projects in parallel. I am also looking forward to spending a month of your summer beak in hills volunteering at a rural school. Additionally, a beautiful long hike with Sid.
Sounds super exciting? I am almost sitting on the edge of the chair and jumping with lots of excitement.
It’s March, and I am working on the financial year closure. The news of some type of virus borne disease has started spreading. It took no time to spread all over the globe. It is called a Corona virus. It originated from China and passed on around the world through people traveling and carrying the virus with them. This virus is no more restricted to a city, but it is all over the world now. It is a contagious disease; hence the government ordered a lockdown.
Lockdown means when we are confined in our flats and not allowed to move out at all. All offices, shopping malls, schools are shut. Flights and trains are closed too. We are not allowed to even access the garden of our society.
I heard my parents talk about black-out during war time and they had to shut all the lights and hide in the pits to avoid any bombs getting dropped. I never understood how it would be , but now I can.
The entire world is jolted, and the lockdown is observed all across the globe.
I am anxious, scared, and very suspicious of everything around. I look at each person as a carrier of the virus. I am hyper at everything.
It is almost a month that you boys have not stepped out of the house. Daddy and I have moved out once or twice to get the basic necessities. We are locked in our own home. It is called house arrest.
The new assignments that made me excited do not exist anymore. My mails are turning a deaf ear everywhere.
At this moment, I must get an additional income, but everything fell facedown.
People who I thought were my well-wishers all this while have turned a cold shoulder on me. I reached out to every single person I know, but trust me, my boys, there was no help from anyone. I was aggressively applying for jobs, but I didn’t get any response.
I wondered if Corona has taken a complete toll on my career path too.
I am scared of everything. I definitely fake in front of you and try not to show my worries, but at times, you catch me sobbing for no reason. I am sorry, boys, I could not fake smartly.
I used to be awake almost all through the night, either watching the ceiling or just lying blank. This lockdown appeared to be forever, and the predictions for the world economy said that the world will face a significant recession.
My anxiety levels were high. I found myself getting sad for no reason, I was crying every now and then, and I was sluggish with mood swings too.
It was getting tough for me to manage myself. I had to buckle up. Hence, I started working on mindfulness.
I decided on two things; first, I will get into my usual high energy exercising without a miss, and I will not stop trying for new projects. Hard work never goes waste, it may take time or a very long time but it does bears fruits.
I am really grateful that you boys were so cooperative during that time.
The entire episode left a lot of life-changing learnings, and I want to share those with both of you. Hope you will imply them in your life too:
- Get an education that gives you enough for your survival
- Learn to save
- Value relationships than things
- Don’t chase power, fame or money but chase butterflies, climb those mountains and bathe in the free-flowing river
- Don’t fill your closets with watches, clothes or shoes but fill your heart with love and warmth
- You need very few people in your life who matter to you so don’t go on obliging everyone around
- Choose a hobby that keeps you occupied
- Play a sport and master it too
- Love your body and worship it.
- Learn to cook
- Help anyone and everyone in whichever way possible
- Be grateful always
We have battled the tough time together, and I love you for your patience. Not even once you grumbled for not playing your sport or moving out of the house. Thank you, my boys. You are my warriors.
Love you forever,