COVID Chronicles – Sydney Agrella

COVID Chronicles - Sydney Agrella

Sydney Agrella, Staff Writer

“Just think of it as an extended spring break” have been the words of reassurance that I’m sure we’ve all heard from a number of people these past weeks. Of course, this may be the mindset of some–this free time that many have may be viewed as an opportunity, or even a “gift”. And–although I have taken advantage of this time to focus on homework, taking care of myself, and finally cleaning more neglected parts of my room–these last weeks have been suffocating.
Personally, I’m very much an introvert and value time to myself. But, along with that alone time, I also look forward to seeing my friends and having the freedom to go outside. And, as I’m sure we all know by now, being stuck in a house with the same people for a month and half can be a struggle to say the least; it’s the perfect host for cabin fever to thrive in.
Many people have shown countless ways to fight boredom: DIY crafts, baking, playing the new Animal Crossing…anything to keep yourself busy and entertained. Unfortunately, I was unsatisfied with the activities I tried. So, towards the middle of the shelter in place, I had the fantastic idea that to fight boredom, I was going to cut my hair. Needless to say, the quarantine bangs do NOT suit me, and I should’ve just tried to learn how to knit.
Although this time has been difficult for me–and I’m sure for many other students–I’ve tried to look on the bright side through all of this. Even though it’s been difficult, I’ve done my part to keep myself and my family healthy, and I’ve made sure to put aside time to take care of myself.
One thing I think everybody could benefit from hearing during this time is that it’s okay to not be productive right now. I know many people who find it difficult to stay inside, or not feel guilty for watching tv all day. Students feel cheated out of their spring break, or that their situation is unfair (which it is). For seniors especially, this was supposed to be the golden months of our high school years, the last hurrah before all your friends go their separate ways for college. Needless to say, talking to a friend while you’re on your porch and they’re in their car just isn’t the same.
But the truth is, there really isn’t anything we can do to make it totally better–other than staying inside, and staying healthy. To put it informally, yes, this sucks; but we need to be there for our loved ones now more than ever. Even the little things can help, dropping off cookies or a care package, having a “social distance hangout” (with masks and proper precautions, of course). This isn’t the ideal situation, but if we all do our part, we can still make the most of it.