Adversity and struggle is not something we actively seek out, but we will inevitably encounter hardship in our lives, a pandemic included. There are so many horrible things that have resulted from the pandemic, but the question is do we focus on those things?
Do we focus on the horrible things that are out of our control, thereby sacrificing our own happiness in the present, or do we find ways to grow through these discomforts? To help those in need if possible (and it always is possible in some way, shape, or form).
Your Brain Avoids Pain
Our brain has very primitive tendencies, including the desire to keep us from experiencing anything painful. Unless your hand is on a hot stove, or you're out in the freezing cold and starting to get hypothermic, most of the things in our lives that cause us pain or discomfort are actually growing experiences. It is simply a result of how we look at the experience, circumstance, or person that is causing us pain.
What You Resist Persists
There is a Buddhist teaching that tells us what we resist, persists. This goes for many things in life, but relevant to this conversation is that when you are sore and don't want to move, that soreness will persist. The best remedy to soreness is active recovery and getting out there and moving at a low intensity!