The power of perseverance

My husband and I moved to Canada without knowing what awaits us. A leap of faith, as what we always call it. We left out families back home, and thought, “we are going to try and live our best life in this new country.” Our eyes lit up when we planned and spoke about it without knowing what we haven’t anticipated.

A pandemic.

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s life in more ways than anyone can ever imagine. People getting separated from their loved ones, losing their jobs, dealing with mental health issues… death.

I personally went through a tough 2020 having to deal with this pandemic, going back to school and completing another diploma hoping to still see a future where I can thrive and be successful in this new country, while trying to maintain my sanity.

I am one of the lucky ones who get to keep their job. I am privileged. I accept that.

I am not going to talk about the difficulties I’ve dealt with because people have and are still going through worse situations than we are. When I watch people on a day to day, I do not see doom and destruction as what the news would sometimes like to portray. I see hope, resilience and people looking after each other.

Despite the gloom that this outbreak has caused, the optimism and perseverance in us still prevails. It will be a continuous battle, but our willingness to push forward, making sure we continue to maintain control over our lives albeit this adversity, will allow us to pull through.

A the end of the day, humans survive. We are creatures trained for survival who have great compassion for life. We are all going to get through this together and come out of it stronger!

And oh, it’s April and I am about to graduate! Milestone ticked and more milestones to go. This pandemic cannot break humans.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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