Perspective is Key

Madison Rice , Opinion Editor

In the midst of a storm, the world can seem like a terrifying place. Mental health can deplete and life can seem painful. Loneliness will set in, the feeling of complete seclusion metaphorically becoming suffocating. But I truly believe that this is all due to our perspective, the way we see the world. If we just look at it in a different way, we may be able to see all the beautiful opportunities for growth. 

Take a flower for example. To many, it is simply a plant they find pretty, one they enjoy the smell of. Yet if we look at it in a different light, we find that it is so much more. Not only is that flower beautiful in all of its simplicity, but it is also essential to nature. Flowers provide food to other insects, pollen for bees to take and use among other plants, and natural medicines that humans and animals get to use. It is not the facts that cause us to see flowers in this different light or understand their importance because anyone can simply know these things yet still chose to ignore them. It is rather our willingness to change our perspective. 

With all that is happening in the world; COVID-19 plaguing our daily lives, our perspectives may not be the best. Quarantined to our homes, many find it boring and lonely. Forced to social distance and reconstruct daily routines, things that were once normal are now considered dangerous and frowned upon. It is easy to get into a gloomy state of mind. If we instead looked at this as an opportunity for personal growth, I feel as if many people would maybe not enjoy quarantine, but find it more tolerable. 

It is said that keeping a positive attitude and creating a positive atmosphere helps to create a positive perspective. So instead of thinking negatively towards the current situation and wallowing in the fact that society, as we know it has kind of been put on pause, thinking in a new light, could help. For example, many teens and young adults find it hard not to be able to hang out with friends and get social interaction. Left in their houses they can let boredom and loneliness get to them. But, if instead of resenting the current ways of communication or lack of social interaction, they take this time to work on hobbies, focus on school with no distractions, and use this time for personal growth. If they just change their perspective to being thankful that they still have access to communication with their friends and that the world has not completely collapsed, quarantine could actually be productive.

All in all, it’s not quarantine that has tanked our moods regarding COVID-19, but our perspectives. Though, I wonder, if we learned to change our perspectives if we could find enjoyment in many more daily things.