We have celebrated our Independence Day just few days back, which marks the freedom from the British rule. Year 2020 has marked drastic changes in lives of people all over the world. But as Indians, do you consider yourself to be really free in these testing times? There are still few perceived notions which have bound us like chains and we need to break free from them.
Covid-19 has destroyed many families, where people have lost their loved ones. Getting medical treatment is one part, but what about the stigma that follows it. Over the months, there have been reports of relatives, friends and neighbours abandoning people who have suffered from Covid-19. Not just the patients, complete families have been boycotted.
There have also been reports where medical professionals have been thrown out of their apartments, just because they are doing their duty. Can we grow up now & be free of such social stigmas?
Equality at home
Do you believe in equality? Does everyone in your home contribute equally to the household work? There are households where a woman’s place is considered to be only in the kitchen & a man is supposed to take care of family. Is it really fair in this new normal?
For working couples, who were dependent on their cooks/nanny/maids for day to day life, equal distribution of work is of utmost importance. And, even in joint families, every member needs to take ownership of one task to keep the house running smoothly. Thankfully, people around me believe in equality and are better off. But, I have heard of instances even in these testing times one person is burdened to the core! Can we now learn to be free from this inequality?
Mental Health Taboos
There might be days when you don’t feel like working and plan do nothing. It is because we are all mentally exhausted after these lockdown and stringent measures which have disrupted normal life. Kids are tired of being home. Work from home has turned into work all the time. And, dare if you try to talk about it & someone would belittle you for it!
Mental health is important. Period! There should be no questions about it. With restricted physical proximity, people are relying onto the digital world. If you feel a person is struggling with their thoughts, lend them a helping hand. Listen patiently and do not judge. Can we promise each other to be free to lookout for each other?
My job is greater than your job! This myth is time independent- Covid or no-Covid. Housekeeping staff, cab drivers, sanitation workers, delivery agents (and more…) form an integral of our society. A great chunk of people in our society think that these jobs are menial.
With the complete shutdown of the country which was in place till a month ago. We have all learnt a lesson, no job is lesser. Without these helping hands, we cannot function in our daily lives. Every person is like a cog in a wheel which makes a city run. Can we be free and stop judging people on the basis of their jobs?
We can continue discussing the freedom for ever and the list of such issues will be infinite. Its time that we as a nation, start recognizing every one as a human first! You never know what baggage the other person is carrying. I am doing my part to be a better person and be free. Can you promise me that you will also learn to be free?
Are there any chains that you have broken and feel proud of yourselves? Do share your thoughts the comments with us and help us all grow together to be better people.