Positivity in a Global Pandemic

maya egan

From the start of the pandemic to now, many people have struggled in a myriad of aspects–physically, mentally, socially, etc. It is very easy to just focus on the negatives that this year has brought us, but at least for me, this year has been detrimental in the development of my character. Over the last twelve months, we have had ample time to reflect, and also work to better ourselves and find more things we care about. In this article, I’m going to write about some positive outcomes since the start of the pandemic.

 

Film. When lockdown began, I had way too much free time. Walking, cooking, and learning tik tok dances got boring, so I had to find a new hobby that would occupy my time. Enter film and movies. I started off with some eighties classics like Back to the Future and  Ferris Bueller’s Day off, then I moved on to more modern films, and decided to watch all the best picture nominations for the last two years. By watching such amazing films, my perception of film completely changed for the better, and a new passion of mine arose. Whenever I felt lonely, film was able to fill that void–this was incredibly helpful during lockdown when I was unable to interact with people face to face.

 

Podcasting. At the start of the year, my friend Madison White and I decided to start a podcast. We both loved to talk, and thought it would be an interesting way to express our opinions on different topics. So far, we’ve had great conversations not only with each other but with other people as well. The podcast has taught me a lot about being a good listener, and also being able to hold a conversation in an interview setting more efficiently. Since I’m on the backend of my high school career, I’ve learned that these skills will be quintessential not only for the college interview process but also for life beyond college. 

 

Hiking. Since the start of lockdown, my appreciation for nature has flourished. This may seem ironic considering the amount of time we had to spend indoors, but this ample time made me appreciate being outdoors so much more. Once Covid restrictions lessened a bit later on in the spring, my parents and I always made an effort to go on either nature walks, or hikes upstate. I’m a firm believer that being outdoors is good for not only your body but also your mind, so I cannot wait until the weather warms up a bit so I can go on more hikes and walks.

Overall happiness. When I reflect back on my Pre-Covid self, I think of an overall unhappy and stressed version of myself that is so different from my current demeanor. The time I spent alone in quarantine made me realize how unappreciative I was of social interaction and normalcy, which now makes me cherish every face-to-face exchange I have. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the downsides of the pandemic when really it is just so important to appreciate every day we have. In a time when there is so much negativity, I’ve learned that a positive mindset makes all the difference.