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Gen Z, The Corona Diaries: Appreciate What You Have Before It's Gone

By Sam, 18, Duxbury, Massachusetts 

When I left school on a typical Friday afternoon back in March, I never could have imagined that it would be the last time I ever stepped foot in Duxbury High School as a student. When school was originally postponed, I thought very little of it and always felt I would be going back in a few weeks. Once those few weeks had passed, I soon realized that my life would never be the same. All the plans I had for the rest of my senior year were cancelled on the spot, and for one of the few times in my life, I had lost something that I would never get back. 

Throughout the course of the quarantine, most of my time has been spent preparing for a lacrosse season that I just found out I would never get. Each day, I would go to the local turf in town and practice, imaging myself doing it in a game. This was an image that I desperately wanted to come to life and before the season was officially cancelled, I always had hope that it would happen. On top of playing lacrosse, most of my time was consumed by Xbox and YouTube, which seems to be what every kid my age is doing. I’ve been trying to stay in the best shape that I can, even though at times it can be hard to motivate myself during all that is going on in the world. This is one place I feel I could be more productive during these times and I hope to work on this while I have all the free time in the world.

As far as the impact that Covid-19 is having on my generation, I believe that it is taking away a lot of things that people take for granted. Things like prom, graduation, and countless senior year spring events are things that people my age have forward to their whole lives, but now that they are gone, I think there is no better time to look back and be grateful for the memories that I have created rather than the ones I’m missing out on.

Many of my friends and I have been talking about the great experiences we have shared together, and this always makes me feel better about what's going on because it reminds me of what I have in life opposed to what I don’t have. Above all things I have learned throughout these past few weeks, the most important is that you should always take a look around and appreciate what you have because one day it could all be taken away in the blink of an eye.


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