Self-Searching in the Midst of a Pandemic: A Blessing in Disguise?

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

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Despite the catastrophic effects of the Pandemic, it may actually benefit us in a way we fail to realize.

In late December 2019, when the new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) made its first appearance in the city of Wuhan, China, the world experienced a major turn of events leading up to the declaration of a pandemic, and the shutting down of cities across the globe. Governments around the world declared nationwide lockdowns or stay-home orders, where citizens were required to stay in their homes, and were only allowed to leave for essential purposes. Malaysia was one of them.

Most of us have this shared understanding that the pandemic has become one of the worst events of the century. However, some argue that every cloud has its silver lining. As catastrophic as the pandemic was, it is an undeniable fact that some good did come out of it. Many people started finding themselves and their life’s path (a.k.a. "self-searching"). This gave them a chance to develop new skills and habits, or make life-changing decisions during the quarantine period.

Ever since the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO), I’ve developed a total of 2 useful life skills, and discovered a lot about myself.