How We've Been Surviving Lockdowns

The fear of the pandemic has managed to keep us in. As we sit locked inside our (not so) humble abode, we rant endlessly as we wish so desperately to savor the human touch. While most of us disguise our yearning with the overflowing privileges and pretend that this period is actually a social catalyst for our wellbeing, it’s time we pause and think about what is actually happening around us.



The fear of the pandemic has managed to keep us in. As we sit locked inside our (not so) humble abode, we rant endlessly as we wish so desperately to savor the human touch. While most of us disguise our yearning with the overflowing privileges and pretend that this period is actually a social catalyst for our wellbeing, it’s time we pause and think about what is actually happening around us.


For some reason I feel it is high time we stop being so oblivious and delve deep into serious events taking place. Frivolous and vain are some of the many words that are used to describe our generation and in reality, we have become less humane. With the period of rapid modernization, I think it is safe to say we may be kissing our humanity goodbye.


A new emergence of “I don’t give a damn” kind of people has spiked; these are people who feel that keeping up with the Kardashians is way more important than keeping up with the world affairs. They will cry if Kylie Jenner breaks up with yet another man but would not even bat an eyelid when people of Yemen face atrocities that would even scare our nightmares. I feel we should pause and look at what we have become.


We live in a world where girls would love to look like Kim Kardashian but wouldn’t want to have a brain like Marilyn Vos Savant, who happens to be the smartest woman in the world, we live in an era where boys wish to bulk up their body but not their minds. It was once said that dreaming is the first step to achieving, however I think this generation is manifested with dreamers who are just laying around waiting for their big break.


Sometimes, we witness people pulling off random stunts defying all the boundaries of human stupidity and we as an audience applaud this which encourages them to do it more often, and this makes me go like seriously what is wrong with us. I am not saying that all of us exhibit this kind of behavior, but a majority of us do.


I am not saying it is bad to have a little fun or perform silly stunts to have a good laugh, but the problem arises when our capabilities cease to exist beyond these tricks. In no way am I implying that it is wrong to put on makeup, for many it boosts their confidence, for others it is a part of their appearance and we have no right to tell them how to carry themselves, the bigger problem is when people see others who are termed flawless or the walking definition of beauty, they feel the need to alter themselves, as it is their last resort to fit into the petty labels created by the fascist society we live in. There is nothing wrong in wanting to bulk up if that’s what the person pleases to do, my simple point being people should do what they wish to do and not because they are coerced into doing it. Telling a girl that she looks drained out without makeup and looking like all plastic with makeup on or telling skinny boys to bulk up or tone down is all wrong and this is what the problem is. These comments are hurtful no matter how normalized we attempt to make them.


As time passes, we forget to appreciate a person of substance and a person who is physically appealing triumphs the likes of all. It is imperative to realize that what we feed our brain is going to reflect throughout our lives and even after we’re gone. I don’t need to stress on the importance of inculcating good habits. When we think about how often we find ourselves finding fault in everything, do we realize that even we are the contributors to the problem. If we wake up everyday thinking that all the problems in the world can be fixed by us, I think our lives will have a lot more meaning to it.


Since I started this by talking about the lockdown period, I will quickly dive right back in, a simple question would suffice, If at the end of each day someone asks you what creative thing you did today and you have something to say, just know that you have had a productive day.


It doesn’t matter what you did- whether you drew something, learnt a new way to apply makeup, created content, wrote, read, learnt something new, it is fine because you unintentionally or intentionally are enhancing as well as tapping the creative side of your brain which will indeed go a long way.


So, for a change let the vain and frivolous generation be a part of the solution givers, a part of something revolutionary. Let’s collectively do something right for once and when we change our “cant’s” into “cans” and our dreams into plans, then we’ll see what the legends have to say about us.