Once in a Generation

By Adith Thyagarajan

Our lives were normal.

Every day, we would wake up to an alarm at around 5-6 am. Grudgingly, we brushed our teeth, rushed through our breakfast, and went to school. In school, we went through 80 minute periods and were as productive as possible during that time. We saw our friends, we joked around, and then we ate cafeteria food. After another one or two periods, school would wrap up, and we would all go home. At home, we would chill for a while then do homework. We ate dinner and then slept (unless there was a test — then we would cram for hours). On the weekends, we slept in and relaxed more. We could go hang out with our friends at the mall. We chomped on popcorn and watched movies. We ate at awesome restaurants. We all had a routine. Life was hectic, yet the amount of relaxation was existent. And then, March 13, 2020 hit.

At around 1 pm, we were hit with the fact that school was closing due to a virus that had started to spread heavily. Slowly, the idea of going to awesome restaurants, parks, movies, and the mall disappeared due to the restrictions and risk of spreading coronavirus to your family. Our life was hit by a humongous asteroid that no one saw coming when we celebrated the arrival of 2020. But, as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a person is not where he stays at the moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Right now, our lives have been hit hard, and staying home has been tough. But, in a couple of years, when people ask “What did you do during the coronavirus pandemic?” what will you say?

This is your time. You can find a hobby, do something fun, exercise, or anything else that you feel is great! For example, I have made a couple of YouTube videos, started writing articles for the first time since 9th grade, and am planning on creating a podcast called Quarantine Corner with some friends. We all want to go back to our normal lives in the summer. Going to the beach, playing basketball, visiting your grandparents, and eating Rita’s is at stake right now. If we do not stay home and remain cautious at grocery stores or in the public, WE WILL LOSE OUR SUMMER!

So, let us unite as one. Let’s wash our hands properly, practice social distancing, pray for all of the doctors who have to deal with patients and have a high chance of getting COVID-19, spend time with our families, and have the best time we possibly can.