The Bright Side of Global Tragedy
Acknowledge the silver-lining, even when it is controversially insensitive to admit.
Note from author: This article was written before the death of George Floyd. The world is currently in absolute shambles, which really puts everything into perspective. The Coronavirus viciously took the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. The globe has suffered tremendously in various aspects during this time and will continue to overcome the affects for some time.
I did hesitate to publish this article after such overwhelmingly disturbing events of inequality and tragedy came to light. I have no doubt that change and justice are long overdue. Despite everything, there is value in focusing on the positives and seeking out the good to move forward.
Globalization by Technology
The world has gotten smaller and smaller in the last few decades with the evolution of technology – specifically, the Internet. Firstly, imagine being in isolation without binge watching entertainment content, video chatting with friends and family, having the ability to work from home. Technology has spared a deeper sense of isolation and a widespread loss of income.
The rapid evolution in technology drastically changed the childhood lifestyle of each generation. The more recently the child was born, the more immersed they have always been with technology as a means for entertainment, learning, functionality, communication, etc.
Technology independently over stimulates the brain with minimal effort from its user (or viewer). Observing life moments outside of a digital screen causes a very different reaction in the brain. The lifestyle thrust upon humanity has arguably increased both the occurrence and perceived value of face-to-face interaction, outdoor activities, and slowpaced living situations. Perhaps the increase of time spent “bored in the house and I’m in the house bored” will prove to show scientific statistic results of longer attention spans.
Sense of Community
People all over the world of various walks of life are (figuratively) coming together and stepping up to make a difference. This has come to light in the form of donations of money, food, face masks and other protective gear. Citizens have been beaming with gratitude shouting thank you to healthcare workers, frontline workers, support staff, delivery drivers, restaurant staff, cashiers, neighbours, personal shoppers, pharmacists, gas station workers, etc.
Millions of women spent significantly less time wearing constrictive uncomfortable bras. This may kickstart the free the nipple movement towards a much wider social norm. After all this breathing room, it will be challenging to put on anything other than a sports bra, bralette or bikini top.
Beauty Treatments aka Experiments
Women often spend money in various departments of the beauty industry. During the pandemic, there has been an increasingly high demand for DIY (do it yourself) at home tutorials and products. The closing of nail salons leaves its clients to fend for themselves with DIY acrylics or adjusting to short nails. As the lockdown progressed, lash extensions have thinned and fallen out nearly entirely. Eyebrows and other types of facial hair are left to grow rogue or become subject to experimental grooming techniques.
Digital content creation has been forced to adapt or pause as everything else. New content has been conceptualized and published with heavy dependance on digital technology. The medium does not reflect on the integrity of the message. Dedicated individuals and their teams have collaborated to create new timely content to entertain the public during the pandemic.
The entertainment industry has a unique way of bringing a wide variety of people together through one commonality. This trait occurs without exception for millions of physically isolated individuals as waves of laughter, relativity, and hope spread around the skrinking globe.
Television / Video
- Some Good News by John Krasinski (aka Jim from The Office)
- Late night comedy hosts airing from home ie Jimmy Kimmel, Jim Fallon, and more
- WFH - Will (Smith) From Home
Relationship Status Update
The divorce rate is estimated to skyrocket as a result of couples attending make or break quarantine circumstances. This may be an opportunity for partners to come to terms with the shift in relationship status. Separating couples will take steps towards a happier and healthier future.
YouTuber Alysssa Kulani recently broke up with her boyfriend, Tanner. No shade to her ex, but this decision appears to be in her best interest and segways her life into a new and exciting chapter.
Another YouTuber couple have recently committed to writing their next chapter together. Ryan Trahan and Haley Pham announce their engagement and the launch of their new channel, The Traphamily.
The number of celebrities announcing their breakup or divorce increases everyday. The list includes the Bachelor’s Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, Scott Disick and Sofia Richie, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne, and more.
Working from Home
Business owners have recognized the capacity and ability for its employees to work from home. Employees are saving commute cost and time, spending more time with loved ones, eating better and often recognize an increase in efficiency as a result in new lack of office distractions.
A successful business is one that adapts to the sudden reality and near future of its industry. We’ve seen several companies thrive during this commonly referenced “difficult time”. Businesses that make profit selling product online are in an optimal position — namely, Amazon. Chances are, the person reading this article right now — yes you, has made an online purchase between March and May 2020; and chances are, you’ve ordered a product from Amazon. Even if this prediction is wrong, I bet you have at least, if not more, browsed the website, or heard the company name. That last one I know for sure because you are reading this article. I digress.
As of May 2020, Jeff Bezos has a networth of $143 billion. This has increased by $13 billion in just under three months according to Business Insider who estimated his networth at $130 billion.
Another business that has completely blown up in terms of scale and popularity is Zoom. The sudden increase in employees working from home caused a high demand for communication technology. Zoom has continuously been fast to adapt and accomodate to the needs of remote work and vanderbond lifestyles.
Relief in Realization
How many times have you heard one person say, “I really need to start working out more” or “I want to spend more time painting” or “I should really cook more often”? We often put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to achieve standards and goals that we don’t truly desire. If loads of free time has passed and the admirable hobby has seen no progress — maybe knitting just isn’t for you. That’s okay. Let go of the guilt and wasted energy. Spend more time enjoying what you are doing.
There is always light at the end of the darkest tunnel if you hold your head high enough to see it. I hope this article gives you hope for an exciting new normal that functions and serves people well. I hope we will be kinder to one another. I hope global isolation leads to common gratitude and appreciation for human interaction.