4 months ago, life as we knew it changed drastically. This article will focus on the highly unanticipated and unpredictable nature of our current situation during the pandemic, as well as the possible long term impacts.
Cons of The Lockdown
March 12th. It has been almost four months since then, and I still can’t seem to wrap my head around how the entire world changed in the span of two or three days. I’m sure many of you remember celebrating when we received the email about school being out for two weeks. Admit it, those two weeks, or actually two months were not as glamorous as we thought it would be.
Pros of the Pandemic
There were some definite immediate impacts, as we all sort of fell into the same mundane routine during the quarantine. I remember waking up a minute before my morning classes started and reluctantly logging on to the daily Zoom calls. I’m sure some of us tried being active by searching for those For Quarantine: 7 Inspiring YouTube Channel to get you in Shape but opted to binge watch Outer Banks instead during this Pandemic. Or how about all those Pandemic and Quarantine bingo boards and Instagram challenges that really never seemed to end. Those three months of online schooling seemed like a blur, and I still don’t seem to be able to register how this all happened so fast.
Now, as we make our way into the summer, and as more things start to open up all over the world, I am curious about how this pandemic will affect us as teens in the long term. One thing is for sure, a college admissions officer will start receiving millions of essays of kids describing their experience living in a global pandemic.
However, I stumbled over a more important realization over these months in quarantine. Never has there ever been a situation, like this pandemic, where literally everybody in the entire world was impacted in some way or the other. For those lucky enough to have access to technology, I realized that our time apart really brought us closer together. That sudden need for social interaction connected us in ways that we probably wouldn’t have been connected in a normal situation. We might have found ourselves checking on others in our family, friends and loved ones that we haven’t seen before, and even normalizing mental health and self-care.
My hope is that in the future, we continue to be this way. As we learn the importance of social interaction and understanding that it is okay to not be okay. All of us as teenagers will continue to de-stigmatize mental health and hopefully spend more time away from our phones as we become more appreciative of face-to-face interaction.
I also think we will all learn to be more grateful for the little things. One day when we are all back on the field, back at school, or back on the stage, it will be more about living in the moment and being thankful for what we have. Or at least initially, playing a football game will be less about winning, and more about being happy that you are back, playing with your friends. Simple things like seeing your friends every day or being late to class will no longer be taken for granted.
As we all continue to navigate this new normal, I hope we as teens continue to all keep these important lessons in mind. Somewhere along the way, amid our day to day lives, we must regain all the lost appreciation for these everyday things.