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In times of uncertainty, stay calm and be thoughtful of others



For me, this situation has brought up a lot of “what ifs.” What if I were to accidentally get my family sick? What if I’m unable to make an income to support myself? What if I’m unable to get necessities? This fear is what has driven people to load up on necessities like toilet paper and bottled water, until photos of empty shelves are posted on social media. 

The ironic thing is that without this panic, there would probably be enough for everyone. There have also been food drives in the Kearney community and grocery shopping services for those who aren’t able to do so themselves. This gives help to those who may need it in this situation of disruption and fear. But, mostly, this shows how a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

         It’s also made me rethink things that I had the privilege of not worrying about before. This includes things like grocery shopping, meeting with friends and celebrating holidays while surrounded by my huge family. After this period of quarantine, I’ll enjoy those things even more than I did just a few months ago. 

I find it frustrating when I see or hear about people who are still purposefully gathering in crowds without regard for those who can get incredibly, fatally sick. I know that staying away from populated areas and the people I care about is the best way to show just how much I care about them.

         Thus, this situation has caused a lot of waiting at home for the end of April (when it’s been reported that the peak of sickness will strike). I’m waiting for the weather to get warm, for summer to replace spring and for the virus to run its course. I’m waiting for a vaccine, for cases to plateau and for things to go back to the way things were. I’m nervously waiting to get a cough or a fever.

         I have a lot of time on my hands (not that I don’t still procrastinate on classwork). Between periods of Zoom-ing with friends and family, binging murder mystery documentaries and working, I’m trying to do the things I’ve been procrastinating on. I’m trying to work on some personal projects that I’m excited about because it helps me feel accomplished and boosts my mood.

         I’ve started sending handwritten letters to friends and family. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do because I enjoy writing. It’s a small, fun way to be creative and hopefully help spread positivity. I’m also going to deliver donations for a local nonprofit and May Day baskets for my younger brother and cousin. May Day was something I loved to celebrate when I was younger, and I’m excited to share that with a younger generation. 

I’ve also begun spring cleaning so that I’m better able to use my space. It’s another way I can be creative and have fun (and I’ve watched way too much HGTV).

         I’ve also spent a lot of time discussing the virus, wearing masks whenever I go into a public space, disinfecting areas and consistently washing my hands. For me, the anxiety about the virus comes in waves and is always in the back of my mind.

Please continue to practice social distancing and take the necessary precautions for your physical and mental health. 

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