No More Jam-Packed Buses For A While

May 1 2020 Sofia O’ Connor 5th Year

It’s strange that one word can have so much impact propelling it forward, a word that started out as an apparent internet joke on social media but quickly developed into a worldwide pandemic, killing thousands. You think to yourself, this kind of stuff only happens in movies or you won’t be affected. The reality is that every single one of us is affected, and like it or not, we have to endure this together. When it was announced that schools would be closed for two weeks, I felt delighted, in all honesty. I thought to myself that I wouldn’t have to wake up early or get the jam-packed bus every single day. Now, here we are, a month or so with no school and we can’t meet up with our friends or family. Unfortunately, in my household tensions are high as all of us, including myself, are at high risk. The productivity levels are rising, but my family members are slowly going demented as they don’t have as much freedom as they use to. Despite this, for the majority of us, we have turned into bakers, artists, DIYers or even fitness gurus during this global pandemic.

I find fascinating that all of a sudden people are going back to their old hobbies or trying news ones, maybe it’s boredom or maybe it’s the fact that everyone is doing it so no excuses can be found. Either way, it’s nice to see how some people can bond over these experiences through mutual hobbies.

For me personally, I find it insane that I’m living through an event that will be written in history books in the future. Though this whole ordeal is insane, it is incredibly frustrating too. I’m someone who needs routine or I will end up forgetting that my head is attached to my shoulders. The lack of structure in my life right now has me biting my nails with stress and forgetting what day it is. The pandemic itself has got me looking at things differently and appreciating the little things more. For instance, school. Seeing my friends every day, having the routine and the overall banter is what I miss the most. You will only appreciate it when it’s gone, as the saying goes, which is very true. I believe that a lot of people will have an overall shift in the way they view things after this is over. I think we’ll appreciate the privileges many of us are lucky enough to have; health care, housing and our families. At the end of the day, there are people out there who don’t have some of those things, and because of that are at higher risk than some of us.

I’ll be entirely honest, I’m nervous for what is to come after this. Without a doubt there will be a global recession, there’s no hiding in that. My main concern is for the small businesses and for the people struggling already as it is. They’re going to be the most brutally affected. In the meantime, I believe that we should remain positive, depend on each other and really be thankful to all our front-line workers, because if we stick together as a nation, we’ll be able to pull through this in one piece.