Had you told me on January 1st, 2020 that hundreds of thousands of people worldwide would have a virus which can be deadly, that we would be quarantined & that schools would be shut down, I never would have believed you. To be perfectly honest, up until about 3 weeks ago I wasn’t worried at all. I thought things would be under control. Boy was I wrong.

Despite how horrible all this is though, I think it also forces us to reflect in a way which we would not have before. I will no longer take for granted grabbing lunch with friends, getting to sit in class, travel freely.

We are fortunate enough to live in a world now where despite everything happening we can still stay connected. People are scared right now, call a friend, see how they are doing. Where I live, we are still free to go on walks outside. Take advantage of that while you can! Fresh air can do the mind so much good. Surround yourself with uplifting things. Follow the people who encourage you to be better, not those who make you feel worse.

Reflect on the positives coming out of this. It is a truly horrible situation, I know. And my heart hurts for everyone who has lost friends and family because of it. But for the rest of us, we are being asked to sit on the couch and be patient. We can do that. I constantly hear people complaining about their lack of time to relax. Now’s the time. Catch up on the things you’ve been wanting to. Start a new hobby. Read. We need to respect those who are risking their lives to save us right now and stay home. We need to respect mother nature who needs us to improve our ways. In such a short period of time air quality is improving, water is becoming more clear, animals are returning to their natural habitat. These things needed to happen, and we needed a big push to get them there.

I keep hearing people say that after this life will never be quite the same. Good. We needed change. There are so many things that we can take from this time and grow from. Despite being such a scary time, do your best to stay healthy & think of the lessons we have learned from this.

XO Cassidy Hannah


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