Now that we are all settling into a new normal with the global COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, I’m almost thankful that I grew up in a poor household. Because I saw my mom struggle to make ends meet as a single mother, I learned some valuable lessons about how to brave any storm.
As soon as the wave of panic and dread began to sweep across the globe amid COVID-19 concerns, my survival instinct kicked up big time. I began hunkering down, planning a strategy, a game plan. I turned to my childhood comfort food, white rice (I limit my current consumption to a small amount of jasmine rice) to stretch out my meals, a trick I knew all too well from my childhood.
What really surprised me was how a number of extremely wealthy people I know completely buckled under the pressure, lost all their coping mechanisms, and allowed their businesses to evaporate because they didn’t want to think outside the box and re-strategize. It was astonishing how the same people who used to intimidate me and make me feel inadequate were so quick to give up. All the shiny things don’t matter when one suddenly has to think about how to keep a roof over one’s head and put food on the table. Food, shelter, and essential items will always be more important than driving a fancy car or buying designer clothing.
Everything has shifted profoundly, permanently on this planet, and we are all being forced to pay attention and shift our priorities. We miss the people we cannot see in person, which hopefully means that we will hold higher value for those friendships and bonds. If mankind is being forced to reinvent itself, then let’s get this done!