I think it’s so easy to just say you’re okay or that you’re dealing with the social distancing and quarantine but, how do you really feel? I was dealing pretty well at the beginning of everything by keeping myself busy and catching up on everything I became swamped with when it was normal. That ran its course for about a month though. Now, I think of everything I was doing last year around this time. I was starting my internship in the heart of downtown Detroit, surrounded by other great interns that I became close with, took a couple trips and went on a couple adventures with my friends and family. Now, though, I am working from home which I am thankful to even have the opportunity to do so. I’m staying home besides going to the grocery store and just wanting to go out and experience all that the world has to offer.
I think it’s even harder when you’re younger to be going through this because you don’t get those fun, independent years back. I was also supposed to be landing in Italy today to start my study abroad which was cancelled due to COVID-19. I was super excited to be taking my first oversees trip by myself but now I am home in Michigan. To keep my mind off of that, my mom and my friends and I have been planning trips for the fall, spring and summer time so I have something to keep me occupied and excited for. If you’re coping with cancelled plans, I recommend doing the same. Plan something else instead and just adjust a bit.
I try to look at the glass half full most of the time but it has definitely been a struggle lately. I miss my friends and going out to explore new places with them. When things do get back to a new normal, though, I made a vow to live in the present and appreciate every small or big moment I experience.