Wish Granted, But With a Twist

When I was little, I had an obsession with Disney Princesses. Four-year-old me marched around the house with plastic princess heels while singing “Part of Your World”  until I lost my voice. My dad told me that I would be a princess when I grew up, and although I knew that wasn’t true, I still took delight in entertaining the idea. In some ways, I did get my wish of becoming a princess– I just didn’t realize that that princess would be Rapunzel.

When Will My Life Begin (Again)?

COVID-19 has affected everyone’s lives in some shape or form, and many of us have had to rearrange our daily routines. Illinois recently issued a “stay-at-home” order, where we aren’t allowed to go outside unless absolutely necessary to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. I’ve been practicing social distancing before then, but now I’m starting to feel the full weight of the situation. Spring Break is supposed to be a time to unwind, but this year, it feels more like solitary confinement.

Our Lives Begin Now!

There’s no use crying over spilled milk– this is our life now, and all we can do is work with what we have. In times like these, I try to look towards the positives. It’s all you can do, really. Although I miss being on campus, I take it as an opportunity to have some bonding time with my parents, and I find comfort knowing that I’ll be here for them if they do fall ill. I’m also happy that I can sleep in my own bed and shower without needing shower shoes. I use this new free time I have to learn new songs on my ukulele, guitar, and piano. I’ve also found the time to do some at-home workouts. I’ve been writing a lot more (hence this blog post), and I may even try my hand at cooking. I’m not letting coronavirus stop me from being me!

Staying Antisocially Social

Using filters is fun during a video call

Even though we’re confined to our homes, I still make an effort to keep in touch with friends. I’ll video chat with at least one friend a day, and I’m constantly texting and snapchatting them too. Online classes for school start tomorrow, so that will also keep my mind active and engaged. Discussion boards are the bane of my existence, but I know it’s important to hear other’s insights, and it’s the best we can do without face-to-face classes.

At Last, I See the Light

We’re all living the fairytale life as Rapunzel right now, but it’s up to us to decide whether we make it a Grimm fairytale or a Disney one. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking the Disney route. How lucky are we to be in this day and age where science and technology are the best it’s ever been? I trust that a cure will be found eventually. In the meantime, I’m grateful that we have the internet to stay connected with our communities. I hope you guys are also finding the silver lining during this unique situation. Let me know what you guys are doing to stay sane! It’s a nice sentiment to know that we’re not going through this alone. Stay safe, practice social distancing, and wash your hands!

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