Tigers News · What Now?

Written by: Emily Loughridge

When all this first started, I didn’t give it a second thought. I had the naive mindset of it’s on another continent and it is not currently affecting me. I was completely wrong. It has been a wake-up call because in my lifetime I’ve never had to deal with something like this. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy, or else I think I’d go crazy. 

In the past two and a half weeks, I’ve been finishing math homework, writing this paper, trying to finish an online science class, and coloring lots of pages out of my sloth coloring book. I’ve also decided to try to get into better shape because when we go back I want to be able to jump right back into softball without missing a beat. I think keeping a positive mindset is the only way to make this experience tolerable and to get through it. 

My initial emotion anytime this virus is brought up, which is a lot, is frustration. I realize there’s nothing I can do and that everyone else is as frustrated or more than I am. I am so frustrated that I cannot leave my house, I cannot play softball and I don’t know the next time I’ll even be allowed on the field again, I cannot even go to my first prom, and I cannot see my friends. Although, those issues seem small compared to what other people are dealing with. 

I’m also sad because I’ve seen how hard our seniors have worked, both in athletics and academics, to be here and they most likely won’t have a senior prom, they won’t get to enjoy their last few months in high school, and they don’t even know if they can walk across the stage to graduate. This situation also scares me. It makes me wonder if life can ever return to complete normalness. I’ve listened to the news and my family, and they all seem confident that in a few months life will be almost back to the way it was, but it’s still a burning question in the back of my mind. 

Using my own words against myself, a positive mindset is still needed to get through day to day life. As I sit in my house I’ve realized that every moment out is precious. Every time I get to see my friends and laugh with them, I miss it right now and wish I’d laughed a little louder. From this experience, I’ve gained the outlook that life, as we know it, is so very precious. Every little moment needs to be cherished, no matter how small it feels. I miss seeing my people, and I can’t wait to get back out and see them again. 

For a person who is trapped by a problem in society, just remember that the world is not a perfect place and it never will be; however, it is filled with people who have good hearts and people who want to make this world better. You have to ask yourself if you are one of those people or not. Your mindset is also going to make or break whatever problem you are facing.