Right now, living in countries like New Zealand sounds like a sort of paradise to the rest of the world.
Some island nations have been able to beat back the novel coronavirus to the point where life is almost back to normal.
People in those countries can once again attend concerts, go out to restaurants or to church, return to their workplaces, and hug their friends and family.
They can pretty much go about their pre-pandemic lives.
For those of us living in countries still battling second or third waves of COVID-19, life in places like New Zealand seems like a dream.
We hope that one day maybe life will be like that for us, too: we long for a world where there are no more restrictions, suffering or death due to COVID-19.
In essence, we all yearn for a release from “bondage,” don’t we?
But even when we’ve been able to put the novel coronavirus in the rear-view mirror, this ache for freedom won’t quite go away.