With prom and a graduation ceremony being accompanied with a large and ominous question mark at this point in time, many 2020 graduates, including myself, may feel helpless and robbed of their anticipated high school experiences. Our last days with our friends in our favorite classes or clubs are not guaranteed. While it may be easy to focus on all of the experiences that we may have lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also important to note the valuable thing we have gained amidst these trying times: perspective.
While I am not discounting the sadness and worry that others may endure during this time of uncertainty and fear, this pandemic has served as a wake up call in many capacities. We have already seen the damaging effects that the globalization of international economies has had in our lack of medical supplies from China. We see and will most likely continue to see sanitation prioritized in all aspects of life, some of which it may have been lacking. Immediately when I walk in my home I leave my shoes at the door and wash and sanitize my hands. I had never even thought of doing that before.
For many of us, this is the first major catastrophic global event we have experienced firsthand. Yes, we have heard about the horrors of the Cold War and the terrors of the attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, but we have only heard about it through the memories of others. We are experiencing this mass hysteria and possible medical supply shortage. We are seeing the impact that COVID-19 may have on us for the rest of our lives. These times should not be treated lightly.
This is a trying time for all. As the numbers of cases seemingly soar, stay home for the good of all. Staying home at this point may be a chance to save countless lives.