You are Not Alone
by Anonymous
  • May 7, 2020
  • 6 mins story
1. Tell us your Covid story (also welcome: songs, poems, anecdotes, reflections, or ramblings). 4-minute maximum

    *Correction: losing track of time is not the worst thing that can happen, losing a loved one would be. what you did, what you learned, what you have been thinking about.*

    Hello, I am Jasmin, please call me Jaz. I am 20 years old and my whole world has been turned upside down by COVID-19. Before the world went into quarantine, I was starting my Spring semester with full excitement. I am a student athlete and playing sports has always been a big part of my life. It is my go to for stress relief and one of my passions. Now that all collegiate sports have been cancelled, I feel as if I have no reason to get into shape. What's the point? If I feel like I cannot go outside in peace, with everyone on the tv, radio, and social media, telling to "Stay Home." It becomes overwhelming. The repeated action of only leaving your home to go to work or to buy groceries, or pick up perceptions. Having people yelling at you because you were able to get toilet paper and now they have run out. Remembering to have your mask and gloves, an extra mask, oh and don't forget the hand sanitizer.

    The corona virus has put a mental strain on my family and our relationships. My parents are easily frustrated and you cannot ask my father a question without him getting angry at you. At the start of all of this we considered moving to Pennsylvania, until this all died down. But now the more I think about it, the more I realize that this will not go away for a while. We will be isolated in our homes for longer than we expect and I pray that no one in my family passes away due to this virus. Death is something that I myself do not fear. "If I die, I die", that's the way I see it. Now what really affects me if the death of others. Knowing how may people have died from this horrible virus. Families broken, children orphaned, and especially for me the mourning of strangers. I've always been extremely sensitive and although I usually have a serious expression on my face, I cry a lot. I cry and pray for those who are on the front lines, for the families who have been broken, for those who cannot be treated. I pray for everyone to get well and  for nurses and doctors to get back home safe and sound to their families. Thank you to those who are on the front lines. 

    We are social beings and must stick together to get through these tough times. We just have to hold on a little longer. Our world has been changed by the virus and we might never recover, but we can make the best of it and learn something new, create art or music, learn how to cook or build stuff. Be kind to one another, stay healthy, and try to make things fun even though it feel as if the world is coming to an end.   

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