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Reflecting On A Year In Quarantine

Updated: May 3

Image Citation: Smith, Channing. Wearing A Mask Is Hot. July 9, 2020. artchanning on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/artchanning/?hl=en Accessed March 15, 2020

It’s hard to believe that covid has been around for over a year. I have had some great moments in lockdown. I made new friends, spent more time outside in nature, and gained an appreciation for life’s normalities. However, there have been rough times as well. During the winter, I spent weeks on end inside without leaving my house; I have been stressed, isolated, and bored with the monotony of life in a lockdown. The bottom line is that sometime around the middle of March 2020 everyone’s life did a full one-eighty, and now a year later, I think it’s time we all do some self-reflection on how this pandemic has affected our lives.

It is important to take time to be grateful for every experience life has thrown at us. I encourage you to try to think of a couple of good things that have come out of the pandemic. It can be easy to get wrapped up in everything that we have lost in the past year, but I can guarantee it hasn’t all been bad. Maybe you were able to find a new hobby or spend more time with your family. I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but I think it is vital to have some appreciation for the year that we have had.

If you cannot think of anything the pandemic has brought you that you are grateful for, it’s okay. I understand that this year has been tough, mentally and physically. You don’t have to do this if you’re not comfortable with it, but if you can, try and think of all of your lowest moments in the past year. Think about the times it has felt like life would never be the same, times where you were alone and hopeless. Now that you have all of those moments in your head, take a second to ground yourself. Try to realize you are here. You have overcome so much to be sitting right here, reading this article. Even if Covid has only brought negative things to you, at the very least you have had the strength to overcome them. If you’re in the middle of a battle right now, I am proud of you; you got this.

Nobody can guarantee that life will ever go back to normal. All we can do is learn from our past, and try our best to take on whatever the next obstacle is. I mean, after all, we have lived through a global pandemic.

Solace Yee, TeensForHope Writer

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