It’s hard not to think about the “elephant” in the room. Yes, I’m talking about the virus, Corona. It seems to have taken over our lives. You can’t listen or watch a program in the different media houses without hearing the name. Every move we take, every step we take, we have to think about this deadly affliction and how not to get infected.

Already, it has costs millions to be out of work or furloughed. There’re college graduates who have put in the work and have had their hopes and dreams temporarily dashed because they won’t be able to secure employment in order to pay back thousands of dollars in student loans.

As a parent, student, or individual, this can leave you with tremendous woes. When the mortgage, rent, utility bills are in arrears and the other bills are piling up, this can leave one in great distress. Statistics have shown that mental illness across the age spectrum has increased quite considerably.

The question is, what can we do? If Corona or any other illness hasn’t taken you six feet under, clearly, you are alive. We are all alive for a purpose. There’s hope. We cannot allow fear to cripple our strength. You see, it’s vital to tell ourselves repeatedly that fear is just an outside force; it’s not part of us.

The next thing is to discover who we truly are. Believe it or not, this period is one of great self-discovery. Maybe, you’ve shelved passions that have been dormant for many years. Well, it’s time for a revisit and touch the refresh button on your life. When you think about it, it’s time for a recalibration. It’s time to ROAR!

It’s time to enter that frontier of your brain where you’ve never been before. At first, it may seem a bit scary; however, if you give it time, a newness can emerge. You’ll probably ask yourself later on, “Did I do that?” Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound like Urkel (Jaleel White), the character on Family Matters. It’s important that we tell ourselves that we’ve the “chops” to make the performance of our lives. We can reinvent ourselves and thrive even through this pandemic. We can gain a new wind.

If you’re a faith-base person like myself, you have to remind yourself that “All things worketh together for good who love God”. You can “do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” It’s vital that we remind ourselves that we’re strong and we were born for this time. This is our time.

Moreover, it’s important that we surround ourselves with the right individuals of like-mind who will cheer us on as well as hold us accountable. Or, if we don’t have a cheerleader, we can be our own cheerleader. Not everyone is going to be for you and understand the brand new you. Develop and repeat your mantras throughout the day so as to empower you. It’s for you to roar and be fearless.

Though this pandemic has robbed many lives and disrupted our normal standing, it will not win. We shall overcome. We can all use this evil piece of dung as a catalyst to propel us to new heights. Let’s all remind ourselves that we have more to give. We can flip the switch on this.

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