Posted on: March 24, 2021 Posted by: Sonja Williams Comments: 0

During this pandemic, I have learned that life can’t be entirely planned. 

The world is a twisting and turning roller coaster. Sometimes it can be a fun roller coaster, and sometimes it is not. The coronavirus is a perfect example, and it has not been a fun ride. I am a girl who loves planning (not going on roller coasters). I make lists with eraser marks stained to the pages, proving that I don’t like making mistakes for I am a perfectionist. So, when this virus rolled in, I didn’t feel prepared. Instead, I felt scared and felt ambushed – a feeling I never want to experience again. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my beloved elementary school (also known as my second family). I am going to 6th grade over a screen, and am unable to interact with people. I am normally a very shy person, but with kids my age, I! Am! In! My! ELEMENT! When I was younger, I thought about sixth grade and all the new people. I couldn’t wait! New people = new friends! As you can guess, that is not how 6th grade happened. 

Even though there are so many terrible things about this pandemic, I am a glass-half-full kind of girl.

During this time at home, I have built a powerful relationship with my mama! The time together has made us connected. We laugh at the same things, we love the same things, we think the same things, and we say the same things at the same time! 

Sadly, that is the only good thing about this wretched virus.

To entirely change the “happy” mood, the thing I hate so much about corona (and hope to never experience again) is… ONLINE LEARNING! Everything about it, having to turn stuff in on the internet, with all of its errors. It makes me feel such sadness when I think about how easy it would be to just hand a piece of paper to my teacher, instead of having a bunch of weird and confusing stuff happen on Schoology. 

But, I can see a light at the end of this dark, dark tunnel. (And I am not talking about death.) 

As I “celebrate” the first anniversary of quarantine, I think about how much I have learned and changed during this time., I am not going to be sad, I am going to be grateful; none of my family members or friends got sick, and I think that is worth focusing on. 

So, whoever is reading this, if there is a pandemic ever again, here is a helpful tip: