Choices – Patricia Acquah

In a country where tradition, culture and religion has a major influence on almost everything, a new dawn has come where people have to sacrifice all these for a basic need, LIFE!

On 15 March, at 10 pm, President Nana Akufo-Addo banned all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Basic schools, senior high schools and universities, both public and private, have also been closed. In addition to these directives, citizens were advised to observe social distancing, avoid hug and handshakes. At this point, people have to weigh their choices. We are stuck between choosing our needs over our wants or vice versa.

Need, a necessity whereas want a desire.
Needs point out something you must have for survival. On the other hand, want is something you wish to have. The necessity which is life and the desire to live a normal life.

Handshakes and hugs have been an integral part of the Ghanaian setting. To show solidarity at funerals, to show appreciation and to say congratulations.
Are we ever going to go back to before?
Will our event centres, church auditoriums among others ever be opened for patrons?
All these and more are things we yearn and desire to go back to. They are best described as our wants.

There is one factor that overrides all of our wants and that is life. The need to stay alive. This need has made everyone to sacrifice an aspect of their life’s for the fight against the pandemic.

Everyone has compromised something, be it education, church, fun, leisure, work, etc
At this point, even if you have your life back, know it is at the expense of someone else.

Choose Wisely! Stay At Home!! Stay Safe!!!

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