Let me just start out by saying that I am praying for each and every one of you. This is something that each and every one of us is affected by. Some have lost loved ones, some have lost jobs, some have had to cancel important events like graduations and weddings. My thoughts are for you who are suffering. Remember, it is ok to be frustrated and upset at all that has happened. You deserve to be upset.
Three weeks ago, life was normal. I left for a vacation exactly three weeks ago with absolutely no idea what was going to happen next. Halfway through my vacation, I got a text from my boyfriend saying that his school had switched to online classes for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 virus. I was completely thrown off, I remember thinking that it was “too soon” to call off half of a semester of school due to some disease that wasn’t even a big deal in the US. Later that day, more of my friends announced that they were coming home to finish their semesters online. Then I saw on Twitter that my high school had switched to online courses. Then my boss texted me to let me know that I could work remotely from home until further notice. Then Disney closed all of their parks. Eventually, my school followed along and decided to make the switch to online courses. This was all within twenty-four hours. Being on vacation, I felt like I was in a bubble while the whole world was crumbling around me. I was hearing all of this news but I was in a dream-like state of mind and didn’t feel like anything applied to me. I was confused, I was worried, and I honestly just had no idea what the coronavirus was. All I knew was that when I would come home, I wouldn’t recognize my life.
After traveling back to my apartment from Florida I decided it was best to go home to my family. I packed a couple of bags and left my apartment not knowing when the next time I’d be back. I took an empty highway back to my home in Ohio. I passed several signs for gas that was under $1.80. I got off the highway realizing this was the last time I would be out of the house for a long time. It’s unbelievable how drastically our everyday lives have changed in such a short amount of time. My mind is still attempting to wrap my head around all of this change.
As of now, I have been quarantined for 15 days. Meaning I have not left my house, and no one has come into my house. Instead of lamenting about the uncertainty of this situation, I thought it best to be grateful. You see, we all take life for granted. We live our franticly busy lifestyles and compete with each other over how tired we are. This semester had been a challenging one for me, and I honestly saw myself adopting habits that I was not super proud of. I was drinking at least two cups of coffee a day, I was only getting approximately 6 hours asleep each night, and I had practically lost all of my motivation. I was so consumed with responsibilities that I was no longer grateful for all of the opportunities I was given. I took for granted what I had this semester. Three weeks ago I complained about going to my classes, I complained about going to campus events, I complained about going to sorority meetings, I complained about going to work. I know now that I truly do love doing those things. I am grateful for this quarantine because it has helped me become grateful for my life.
No matter how upset you are, remember that there is always something to be thankful for.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I challenge you to identify three things you are grateful for during this time and to share them with a friend or family member.
- Time to rest
- Time with family
- Time to work on my blog
We will get through this together.