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A Reflection of Light in a Moment of Darkness

We should strive to find that center and always return back to it when we move away from it

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

We had a graceful chance to come to terms with our humanity over the past century as consumerism, materialism, and egocentrism were reaching all time highs. Nature had to abruptly intervene due to our neglect in our humanity, grounding us all — figuratively and literally.

As we consume incredible amounts of news on how the Coronavirus [COVID-19] has destabilized our economies and our daily routines, it is important not to fall into despair and seek positivity.

I cannot say we are fortunate to have such pandemic, but we should see the light in this dark condition. As a global community we have many unhealthy habits. Among them is consumerism and our obsession with spending our time and resources on a material world.

In addition to consumerism we have adopted an impatient behavior due to digitilization and the advancement of transportation. We are able to have what we want instantly, from receiving information online with a click to the privilege of international movement. However, the pandemic has been able to teach us a great deal of patience in a time when it was rapidly fleeting from us with each advancement we took in convenience. Quarantined at home we are forced to slow down and begin to digest the life that we sped past. It is safe to say our pre-pandemic times we neglected the immediate fullfilments around us.

Gratitude is extremely important to thrive in this world, and this pandemic –although horrible — has taught us patience, empathy, let us feel fear and grounded, and has made everyone reflect what their priority is in life. Is it family? Friends? Love? Human Connection? Or is it the material items and a surface level experience of life that we were drowning in. I hope that economies are restored and we return to normal, and that upon that return to the status quo, we enter it in moderation. Let us enter it balanced fully embracing life with a renewed appreciation for the ones we were grounded at home with, the global community we shared it with, understanding that the elements of humanity we experienced are more precious than the material world we were consumed in.

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