“Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?”– Marcus Aurelius
As of right now, there are 321,943 confirmed cases, 13,714 deaths, and 94,704 recoveries from the Coronavirus, as per Global Cases by the CSSE at Johns Hopkins. In China, however, there are reportedly no new locally transmitted cases since the pandemic began.
Despite the severity of the situation, I am striving to focus on whatever good that can come out of it. Every day, taking inventory of what I am grateful for, knowing that we will eventually emerge from this uncertain time with a renewed sense of purpose.
My girlfriend and I are incredibly lucky to be able to work from home, accompanied only by our Russian Blue fur baby, Gracie, who’s innocent presence always puts me at ease. We will weather the storm. We always do. But it’s a matter of using this time as a blessing in disguise to do something your future self will thank you for, by learning new skills that will eventually put you in a better position, irrespective of any external forces you can’t control.
As in Stoic philosophy and the art of intentional discomfort, it serves us to strip away the luxuries we have become accustomed to, deliberately seeking out hardship to strengthen resilience in the face of adversity.
Read, write, take cold showers, practice fasting, exercise, play board games, donate blood, reach out to friends and family outside of social media, and plot your next moves to take advantage of the inevitable return to normalcy, however that will be defined.