Unprecedented Times

 

It swept through the state overnight and left us all in confusion. It is a silent yet deadly killer, and nobody is safe.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has, without a doubt, affected almost every one of the 7 billion people that populate our planet. The economy, the schools, and the people are all hurting because of this unprecedented event that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.

Personally, I have learned from this experience that you never truly know what you have until it’s gone. I never would have predicted that Thursday, March 12, 2020, might have been the last day on the school campus for my junior year, but it now seems to be a real possibility. 

 Now, as I sit here, comfortable in my office chair, wearing basketball shorts and a T-shirt, I almost wish I was back at school. I am in no way saying that I miss the button-downs, slacks, and ties early in the morning, but there are some things that I have started to miss. Seeing my friends every day, working in the Rocket Times room, and setting things on fire in the chemistry lab are all things that I liked about school that sitting at the computer simply can’t accomplish.    

Another thing I have learned through this experience is that sometimes the things we want aren’t as good as we think they will be. If someone had told me that I could have started doing my work from home, I might have taken that offer. A few weeks of working from home sounds great until we make the realization that we can’t leave our homes. An order was recently imposed upon the high school students under 18, stating that we are not allowed to leave our homes during school hours, which is kind of a bummer. At first, I thought that this rule was ridiculous, because healthy teenagers, from what I understand, are the least risk of death from the virus. It took me a while, but eventually, I figured out that this rule isn’t about protecting us. This rule is designed to keep us, who will likely walk away from the virus, from spreading it to others who are more at risk.

My sympathies go out to the Class of 2020, who have essentially been robbed of the final quarter of their senior year, which tends to be the most fun quarter at our school. 

Though our situations at school aren’t the best we have to realize that we aren’t the ones to be worried about. We have to worry about the people at risk. Many of our grandparents are at risk of death if they contract the disease, as well as anyone with an immunodeficiency. We must do our part to protect those at risk. We must also keep in mind those who are sick with the virus and keep them in our prayers.

Though this is a trying time we will endure, and we will come out tougher because of it. I believe that God will pull us through this hard time and that he will make us wiser. It’s all a part of his plan, and we just have to trust HIm. I like to remember it this way, though we don’t know what the future holds, we know who holds the future.     

 

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