Putting a Global Pandemic into Perspective 

Today marks Day 33 of quarantine due to the coronavirus global pandemic. Today is Day 33 of being locked in our houses and having to stock up on masks and gloves just to step outside. Day 33 of people risking their lives just to buy food for their families to survive. Day 33 of talking to our friends and family over FaceTime. Day 33 of drawing a mental ruler of 6 -10 feet between us and every individual we may encounter. Day 33 of turning on the news and watching the number of positive cases of COVID-19 and the death toll increase. Day 33 of an unprecedented era that continues to bring life across the globe to a complete halt. 

In the beginning months of 2020, I remember hearing faint rumors spread about a contagious virus that was sweeping across China and beginning to spread into Europe. Quickly, those rumors turned into our reality. COVID-19 entered the United States putting everyone into a state of panic. A wave of fear encapsulated America. Every day we heard new information on this deadly virus. Every day I arrived at school and the whole Mount community comforted one another. Unfortunately, that comfort did not last long when we were told we had to switch to remote learning. The country was put into a national lockdown. While healthcare workers are working unbelievably long hours and risking their lives to care for other people, law enforcement circles each town ensuring that everyone is abiding to social distancing restrictions.

I continually witness the ways that people come together when their communities, states, or countries experience times of hardship, disaster, and loss.”

We are forced to make the best of this surreal situation, forced to find anything to do in the comfort of our own homes. But I continually witness the ways that people come together when their communities, states, or countries experience times of hardship, disaster, and loss. For many of us, it may be difficult to look at the positive during a time characterized by negative. But then I see videos of people opening the windows in their apartment buildings and singing while their neighbors play accompanying instruments. I see groups of people volunteering their time in local hospitals or donating items to those in need. I see groups of healthcare professionals from the other side of the country arriving in the most affected states to provide care. Although this seems to be a neverending circle of loss and unanswered questions, there are millions of people who are bringing light into this dark situation. 

Many of us, myself included, complained about the fast pace of the lives we used to inhabit. Lives where everything happened so quickly, where there was never enough time to reflect on a single moment. Well, now that time has been handed to us. We have been given the opportunity to sit back and reflect on everything that was always right in front us, that we never had a chance to express our gratitude for before. 

We have been given the opportunity to sit back and reflect on everything that was always right in front us, that we never had a chance to express our gratitude for before. ”

You get to decide what to do with all of this time. You are finally given a chance to slow down and recognize the little things. You can use this time to give back to those who are working very hard to ease this situation. You can pick up a hobby that you were always interested in pursuing. 

You can also use this time to grow in your faith of God. During a time of much negativity and loss, it’s important to keep faith a main component of our daily lives. Always remember that God is watching over us through every step we take. He puts us through some experiences because he knows we have the strength to endure them. Although we do not know when this is all going to end, we must remember this is only temporary and God is guiding us, just like He always does. 

Always remember that God is watching over us through every step we take. He puts us through some experiences because he knows we have the strength to endure them.”

This is a difficult time filled with a multitude of unanswered questions, but you can find new ways to bring light to this dark time and help others find a little positivity. While adhering to social distancing guidelines, of course. 

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