Updated: Apr 29, 2020
The recent global COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives drastically. Who would've ever thought that 2020, the year of "clarity" and vision for most, would start of so —what's a good word to describe it— unpleasant. The infectious disease has students out of school learning virtually, many people laid off of their jobs or working from home, most businesses are closed, churches are closed, people are scared, everyone's stuck at home in quarantine because of the shelter-in-place order, and life as we know it is now completely different. Graduations have been canceled. Funerals are more exclusive than they've ever been. Nurses, doctors, and health professionals are being worked like animals. Essential workers are working harder with little pay. And our country's economic state has changed tremendously. Some stores are gouging their prices and gas prices have even went down a bit. Who would've ever seen this coming? The pandemic has definitely had repercussions that are affecting us as of right now like face masks being the new norm but the real damage is going to take place after the virus has ran its full course. Coughing and sneezing is now frowned down upon, like don't cough in public anymore, but like seriously don't! Elbows touches are the new handshakes and social distancing will most likely continue to be enforced after the shelter-in-place order and restrictions are lifted. Its seriously really crazy how life changed so quickly. In the beginning of March, I remember hearing about how the Corona virus was causing so much sickness in China and maybe not even two weeks later the United States was under the same plague. No one knows when this will end and no one really knows what the long term effects of this disease will be but I'm sure our winter will completely different if we aren't careful. Although the virus has been extremely inconvenient, it hasn't been all bad. Families are coming together, people are relying on God like never before, lost souls are finding salvation and hope, and crime rates are down. I have definitely learned to be more grateful for what I have, to rely on God for everything, and it has taught me the importance of having a positive mindset and being able to adjust in any environment. To everyone reading I pray that God provides you with everything you need and that you change your perspective and stay optimistic. This too shall pass. Keep your head up everyone!