Hello everyone! I'm sorry it has been so long since I have written. I needed to take a little break and just think for a while. Now I am back and excited to share my new opinions with you! Again, please send in your stories!
Recently I have been quarantined. By this, I mean the 14 day incubation period in which you need to stay away from everyone and everything because you may develop symptoms of coronavirus. I mentioned earlier that I was going to school in person. Well, someone in my school tested positive for a Covid case. While I knew this was always a possibility, I never thought that all of those stories about quarantining for 14 days would actually be me. I have discovered many things during this time. First, 14 days is a LONG time. It is especially long when you are on a group chat with people who are still doing in person things together and you have no idea what they are talking about. Second, among us (popular group video game) is actually pretty fun. Third, things can end just as quickly as they started. Finally, I have learned the value of a good book, some friends you can have fun with, and school (again).
Now, the reason I didn't put my family in there was because I actually have to quarantine from my family. This has really broken my heart. Throughout this entire virus I have always felt safe around my family even in those times when I didn't even feel okay taking a step outside. Right now, I can't even feel safe around them because there is always that possibility that I could get them sick. That is something that I could never forgive myself for. That is where friends come in. They are really involved in all of the things I have learned in quarantine. These are friends who are quarantining with me. They understand what it is like to feel that you could be responsible for spreading Covid - 19 to people. They understand what it is like for things to end just as quickly as they started. They understand that something that you think is finally stable begins to shake. This will sound cheesy but I will just go for it. It is hard to weather a storm alone. Sometimes, you need a whole pack to fight against those winds (i'm not even sure if that is the right quote, but still).
Alright. About 7 weeks ago I was able to return to school after eight months of being stuck at home. The first day back I said to someone, "This is not as momentous as I had dreamed it up to be." That person answered, "Maybe you are just waiting for the moment that makes it special." At the time, I have to admit. I didn't think that was good advise at all, but then months later when schools close, I am realizing all of those special moments that I had during the last seven weeks. All of the laughs, all of the tears, all of the fun, being with people who are my own age (still love you fam). I told my mom one night walking home from soccer practice, "sometimes I try to remind myself that this could all be taken away." I said that because things were going relatively well for me. School was going well, I was attending soccer, and I was enjoying some normal 12 - year old activities. I realize now that if I had never allowed myself to enjoy these things I was doing, I would never have had those special moments.
Everyone who is reading this. Please remember that life is unpredictable. While we might have been trying to brace ourselves for impact, the impact could have come sooner than expected. None of us could have known the exact date when NYC public schools were to be shut down. None of us could have expected anything that happened during this virus. That's why, coming from a student. We don't need closure, because nothing needs too close. Our city will ensure that schools continue. Everyone, please stay positive and know that there are people out there who care about you.
* If you are in quarantine, it helps to do a countdown of the days (i'm on day 8).
I am a member of today's youth. I am in 7th grade and attend The 30th Ave School. I always have a new idea that I want to execute and this is one that I am particularly proud of. I hope you enjoy my stories and hopefully the stories of many others. Once again, we all have a voice. I look forward to hearing yours.