Today is May 8 2020 and I haven't been to school in over a month now. I'm a senior in High School, so I won't be going to prom and I won't be walking the stage at graduation, but none of that really matters to you, and that's why I'm not gonna talk about it anymore. What I am gonna talk about is the mind numbing echo chamber that we are all living in, in the midst of this crisis. If I had a dollar for every time someone has said "Flatten the curve" to me in the past three months, I would buy a ticket to Lesotho where there's no Coronavirus and also nothing to do. But hey, at least I could go outside.
The media circus that surrounds this has made it so that no matter where you log on, or who you talk to you're gonna hear the same 15 recycled facts about testing, infection rates, funding, stimulus, stocks, and anything else that people can gather from a 50 word facebook post. When it comes down to it, talking about the same things over and over again often with the same group of people just becomes exhausting. I don't want to hear your prediction about when the lock down is gonna end, or if you think there's gonna be a second wave, because at the end of the day nobody knows what the f@%k is going on and nobody will for a while.
Don't mistake this rant as me saying that these things aren't important, because they are, and... at a certain point you need to ask yourself the question, "Is yelling at my parents about what type of mask works best, really worth the effort?" It just seems that at a point in history when anything new you're going to say to me about this virus has been posted 15 times on Reddit already, why say it at all?
My proposal: Instead of spending hours debating the same minutia with the people you've been stuck inside with for weeks, ask them about their day, how they are feeling? What they have been up to? In a time where it is so easy to get lost in the news feed, be a part of the solution and be a person. If there's one thing I want people to take away from this post, stop trying to control the uncontrollable, turn off the news and try to be there for the people around you, cause whether you're talking about it or not, this is stressful.
This has been my first blog post, I needed something to do with my time so here we are, let me know what you think and let me know what you want me to talk about next.