Coping with COVID-19


It has been 4 weeks since everyone has been working from home, non- essential businesses have been shut down and worst of all, schools have been closed. In our generation, technology and healthcare improves by the day. You would think that everyone would be happy and healthy, but now COVID- 19 has struck, and every one is cooped up in their homes, wondering when they can come out and enjoy their daily activities.   

Once school was out, I felt like I was on a vacation. Then online classes began, and it felt like there was more homework at home than there was at school. I started to feel overwhelmed and frustrated without any teachers to help me. After a while, I really started to miss school.

I was also sad and worried. I was sad because all my field trips were cancelled, even the one to Great Escape (a theme park in Lake George)! Our graduation might get cancelled. It was so hard to not be able to see my teachers or friends in and outside of school. I felt that I couldn’t control anything, like a mouse caught in a trap. It was hard when I didn’t have a clue about what was going to happen next. I wasn’t sure if all my friends and family would be all right. I was worried about all my teachers. We took all this stuff for granted. We didn’t appreciate and crave all of this when we were privileged to have it.

After living in this crisis for more than three weeks, I have realized that I should just keep looking on the bright side.  Now I play tennis with my dad, play cards as a family, and bake. I also am able to text my friends, FaceTime my teachers and classmates, and focus on art. I would have never been able to do all of this if it wasn’t for COVID-19. Even though I am missing school, I am still making the best use of my time. I am able to learn new things and spend time with family, and that is still amazing!

This might go on for quite some time based on what people are saying, but we must lift spirits up when they are down (just through distance). As Dumbledore says, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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