An eye opener

Nobody really expected the virus to hit the way it did. We expected a few cases and that's it, but life never goes the way we want it to. Now that we are trapped in the four corners of our houses, what has it done for us? Personally, I couldn't be more happier with this lockdown. I mean it's like a dream come true, not the deaths that are happening due to the virus or people losing their jobs, but the more personal aspect. I'm 16 so its not like I have much going on in my life that requires me to step out of the house as it is. The lockdown is an ideal situation for me because usually, I would have to wake up and get off my bed to go to school whereas now I have to get up and just stay there. No need to move. Schools are shut and online classes are honestly a joke. People from our school started complaining about too much screen time. These are the same people who stay up till 4 in the morning binge-watching shows, but hey, I'm not one to question that decision. Less school time means more gaming time.

To be honest, this virus seems to be the exact thing this planet and the people on it needed. I'm not here to talk about the things people like to hear. I'm here to put forth my opinions. Whether people like it or not is not my problem. The planet is healing itself. You can hear birds chirping again and the ozone layer is healing. People are enjoying this lockdown, whether they admit it or not. Take my friends for example. They're always complaining about how they don't get enough time to pursue a hobby or even sleep. I think it mostly sleep that they talk about but that's not the point. What I'm trying to say is that their prayers have been answered and still you can hear them complaining.

Social distancing is not just saving lives but its also changing them. There are so many things that I have personally learned during this period and its only been a month. I have learned how to play the guitar on my own and I have learned how to make Indian dishes. You have no idea how hard it was for me to make a roti. I thought I'd just put it on a cd and make it. I had drifted away from my parents. It felt like I had left the house, but now that we confined within these four walls, I feel like I have come home. There is so much that I could talk to my parents about. Sometimes one forgets that you actually have people who can help you go through with whatever problems you are facing in your life and that those people are actually in front of your eyes. I have been blind for all the years that I shut my parents out. I have been blind for all the years that I thought they would never understand me. I talk as though I have found god and truth be told, maybe I have.

What I mean to say is that this lockdown has really opened my eyes. By socially distancing from everyone I have made even greater bonds with my friends. There are things that you cannot express when you're

facing someone but through social distancing, I have created ties with people who honestly I didn't even think I could. There are so many metaphorical doors that have opened due to the literal closure of doors. See what I did there. Ah never mind. I guess this lockdown is a wake-up call for all those who have been blinded and are living in an illusion. Open your eyes and see the world, but don't leave your house, like, look from a window or something.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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