OK, This is Definitely Not For Me!

April 20 2020 Martha Dwyer 2nd Year

Day 36 of quarantine

Quarantine is definitely NOT for me. Online school is especially tough. I don’t have the motivation to do school work as I have no idea if it’s even worth my time. I find it distracting to work from home, and it doesn’t help that I live in a crazy house. I need to see real people. I miss my friends so much. I’m a social person. I don’t want to just see people through a screen. The roads are empty. Everything is cancelled. Concerts, Gaeltachts, holidays abroad, all cancelled. It’s really made me think of how serious it really is.

I’ve had a lot of time to think, stuck inside all day every day and I’ve come to the conclusion that these are the facts; almost 16 thousand confirmed cases in Ireland and almost 700 deaths. But it means so much more than that. It’s so much more than just a number. Those numbers mean something. Each number is a person. And that person belongs to a family. That person is someone’s daughter or son. That person is a mother or a father. That person is so much more than a number. Real people with families are affected by this.

We need to come together as a nation. We need to shed a light on these dark times, remember those who are risking their lives to help others. The power is in our hands to make the situation a little better.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term social distancing, but if we want this to pass it’s what needs to be done. So, cancel your plans to hang out with friends, video call them instead. Get your exercise in at home. Only make essential trips for food and medicine. Stay protected. By doing these things we can speed up this process, flatten the curve and keep ourselves and others safe.

It’s a sacrifice we’re all going to have to make if we want to get through this. We will come together as a nation while we are apart. I’m trying to stay positive during these times, taking up new hobbies like learning guitar and focusing on my physical health, exercising more and eating well. We have to stay distracted, keep ourselves busy.

Even though it’s hard, we can do this, we will get through this. It will all be over soon.