The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live worldwide. I, for one, still haven’t properly adjusted to life and study at home. But in the midst of all of this uncertainty, restriction and change, we have focus on what really matters to us personally. In my view, this lockdown, while sometimes terrifying, is an example of how life always should be - without the virus, of course!
Have you noticed that the world is quieter now? There’s less traffic on the streets and more people taking walks. It’s nice to be able to walk around your neighbourhood and wave to strangers passing by. Animals have had a chance to return to the suburbs. Personally, I’ve been feeding a family of three birds every single day since isolation, and the youngest (who I’ve named Benvolio) trusts me enough now to hop up to me and eat from my hand. At the same time every day, they stand outside of my front door and sing.
Most parents are at home with their families, able to relax and spend time together, maybe properly for the first time in years. We have time now to cultivate our hobbies and even begin new ones. One of my friends has taken up embroidery, while I’ve started playing music again, and baking with my family. If you haven’t yet, try taking up something new - learn a language, paint, draw, write, or sing. You don’t have to be a prodigy; just do something you enjoy.
One of my favourite fun facts is that the word amateur comes from Latin word Amare, which means to love. What is done in love is done well.
Quarantine has actually also enabled us all to connect and be together... If you were online in the first few weeks of quarantine, you would have seen videos of people in Sienna, Italy, playing music and singing with each other from their balconies, showing us that human connection is the one thing keeping the earth on its axis while everything around us slows. It stands as a reminder to check up on our friends, family, neighbours, or even strangers and put the effort in to do so. New apps and creative ideas have allowed us to do this. Personally, quarantine has allowed me to get into contact with new people and old relatives, including my Aunt and my Grandparents.
The pandemic has opened my eyes to see the importance of our essential workers. Doctors, Nurses, Teachers and other Essential Workers are being recognised and praised. There aren’t enough words to appreciate them as much as they deserve to be appreciated, but maybe, take a moment to think about the work they do that sometimes flies under the radar...
All of this said, quarantine is still a time of anxiety and uncertainty for some. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, for our emotions to change, it’s normal. Just try to remember that through everything, we persist; in being together, in bettering ourselves, or in just pushing through the uncertainty.
Enjoy the moments where we finally have time to breathe, to think, and to live.
I’m going to end with a beautiful poem which has stayed with me ever since I first read it that reminds us to slow down and to appreciate the smaller things;
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.
...article written by Bea Callander, Year 10