Since the lockdown, the more privileged among us are at home. Safe in our oysters and leading life from day to day with our families, within four walls of an apartment or a house. We have come back to the basic organisational unit – the family. The molecule of society.
In this world of hyper connectivity, this offers us a time to reconnect person to person and also to look at ourselves. Do we have the life-skills every person needs to have? Here is a video that lists 10 life skills and explains them beautifully.
Do Laundry, Wake up Independently, Prepare meals, Pack bags, Commute on their own using public transport, Order at restaurants, Take care of another living being, Manage Money, Do Grocery shopping, Plan an outing.
Wrong. The children will learn easily. But what about the adults who do not know/practice these skills and are dependent on others? Any adult should practice these but many don’t because they have been infantilised by their own families. Men and women are responsible for this bunch of adult babies spoilt in the name of love. Isn’t love supposed to help people grow rather than render them incapable?
At such a time as now, these life-skills (except those to be practiced outside the home) are essential. Also a real awareness about one’s own skillset will help one appreciate what someone else is doing for us. For example, I wonder how many of those sharing sexist jokes about spouses on social media, are actually adults who can function at home without depending on their partners. Others who are dependent on domestic helpers may want to learn how to survive without them, and how to respect them when they are around. It’s a great time to learn the right things.
Above all, I have observed is that practising life skills has some IMMEDIATE RESULTS! Makes people smarter. Immediately reduces stupidity. Makes people happy to have you around. Lockdown or no lockdown. 🙂
#Stay safe. #Stay at home.
By the way, I am practising mine and loving it. 🙂