WFH — Work for Home

Once, one of my friends asked me, “I feel short of breath. Do we always need to experience difficulty wearing a face mask? Can’t we get back to normal life?”
I said, “Oh, I am sorry, I used to feel it a few months before the covid pandemic hit the globe, then the afterlife seems to be unfolding.”
Have you ever felt suffocated while wearing a mask? Despite a “YES,” you are not permitted to take it off.
What image comes to mind when you think about those aforementioned “pandemic” terms? I remember one such incident, which I will be sharing, that taught me a life lesson.

My school was closed due to the pandemic. For short days, the lockdown was quite enjoyable. Gathering in a single room and starting a family conversation was like a daily routine. Confining inside a metal grill of windows and door house and seeing the city’s silence was fine for a few days.
After a few weeks, I started to feel restlessness in my father’s face. He was the sole bread earner of our family. Nationwide lockdown put him out of work, and he almost spent his savings. He was running out of money and didn’t have income for several days.
He started bringing vegetables from the marketplace and selling those vegetables. Riding his bicycle full of vegetables to sell across the residential area and calling out in a loud voice, saying, “sabji aayo, sabji aayo” was his new routine. I would often help him with working. We would go around the different residential areas, and earnings were quite satisfactory. He was happy in the sense that he managed to make ends meet.
One day we went to the eastern side of our area, and I learned that this way led to my female classmate’s house. My heart was getting scared. I was praying that her mother wouldn’t call us. I wasn’t lucky, though, and we were called. We moved inside, and I wish she wouldn’t know I was there. She was called with a vegetable basket. He was unaware that the house belonged to my friend. I was introduced as her school friend, and I felt embarrassed to be introduced and to teach him in front of her.

My father understood what I was feeling and going through my mind.
What did her mother think?
Did she think about how a vegetable seller’s son would be my daughter’s classmate?
Do kids with such low social status read there as well?
Is my daughter part of such an inferior class?
Is it because I’m there, my class is tagged as an inferior class?
How am I called an inferior class of people?
Why am I not a superior person?
Don’t I have the same capabilities and abilities as superior people?

My thoughts were fighting inside my head. The bicycle bell startled me. I can’t remember the conversation he had with her. Directly, from there, I went home. After lunch, I slept, and my dad was standing next to me when I woke up.
He gave me some samosas that he had brought and said- “the crow may think the swan might be the happiest one because it is so white while swan may think parrot to be because of two colours and parrot may think peacock to be. Learn to be happy with what you have instead of looking at what you don’t have. Comparison is always a losing battle. It’s up to you which you would choose, a comparison or dedication to your path.”
Due to the fear of the virus, most drivers put their helpers out of work. My father was one of them. We were the daily wage earners family. So having an old-aged grandmother at home, he didn’t take a risk to work outside. My mother used to sell vegetables at home while my father and sometimes I used to go with a vending cart full of vegetables to residential areas. If there were no outbreak of the covid virus, perhaps he wouldn’t have embraced change in the workplace and started to work as a vegetable seller.

I learned the following life lessons from that incident: –
1. Be yourself :
Neither a tortoise can become a rabbit nor a rabbit can be a tortoise. A rabbit will lose its pace, a tortoise won’t run faster, and eventually, both will lose the meaning
of their existence if they try following each other. The thing is not to overcome but to accept the truth is, i.e., who and what you are.

2. Respect others professions :
A society can’t survive merely with doctors or engineers. There is no winner or a loser occupation. Never let someone demean you for your work. You should never treat any job as disgraceful and must not allow another downcast. Everyone will be rewarded according to their work. My father’s presence helps to reduce crowds in public places, and everyone should give respect, be thankful to all vegetable vendor sellers for providing vegetables on their doorstep.

3. Stop worrying and figure out a solution :
Worrying is the problem and not the solution. You have no control over the things happening in your lives. Should we worry every day if nothing is in our hands? Just like he embraced a new workplace after losing his job, stay focused on your work and trust the karma.

Happily today I am working as an accountant in a greengrocer shop. Due to good profit margin in vegetable business, we started our greengrocer shop. We had found our business model and thanks to covid for making us independent at work and teaching us such a good culture and life lesson. There is always a lesson at the end of the day. The question is whether or not we have learned the lesson by that time. If you have, then feel free to comment below.

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