The journey isn’t over yet, even as we soon to welcome in a new year, but hopefully 2021 isn’t as depressing and rough as 2020. As we approach the last few days of 2020, many of us will be reflecting on this journey that we’ve all been experiencing, the pandemic. Its been a tough journey for everyone and it will be one that will never be forgotten. Who would have thought that we would be able to say that we lived threw a pandemic and add it to our life resume experience.
Since the beginning of the year I’ve not only been blogging about this pandemic and my personal experience like many bloggers around the world, but I’ve also been keeping a journal. Writing and sketching. It something that has kept me mentally focus since this whole pandemic started and we entered a world of social distancing and wearing a mask. Looking threw my journal entries, am still unsure how to process and reflect what has happen these past 9 months. Am still unsure how this pandemic has effected me, personally. Has it change me? Have I grown? Is that kind of strange? Maybe two years from now, I know, but am sure re-reading my journal entries and my blog posting will be interesting. From the beginning of the pandemic when I was looking for a job, when the world was hoarding and looking for toilet paper, my birthday, finding a job was possible during a pandemic to the present day.
Where ever you may be reading this post, I hope you are well. Please, seek help if you are struggle during these tough time.
As we remember and reflect on what happen 19 years ago, September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by terrorist. I was in my 2nd year of college at UT-Austin, living in the dorms. Adjusting to a new roommate, getting into a routine for a new school year. The world we lived in back then was different compared to what we are living in today, except that the entire world is now under attack. Not by terrorist, but a virus, COVID19. Just like Sept 11, am again a witness to the world changing again.
Two major events have cause society to change their behavior. September 11 cause us to be more aware of our surroundings. If you saw someone or something that look suspicious, report it. I remember the airlines were halted for a few days before resuming flights. Increased security and additional screening at airports to assure nothing like this would happen again. Life continue on with a little fear and caution, but we were united. We stood together, letting our difference go. Living on campus it took time for thing to return to normal, but eventually college life went on. Students going to class, attending parties and social events.
Today, covid19 has been made into a political issue and has divided this country, U.S.A. Just like Sept 11, we are having to adjust our social behaviors. Now, keeping 6ft apart, social distancing, wearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene: washing hands, covering your month etc. Unlike September 11, COVID19 has force us to limit our social interactions. Avoid attending large crowd gatherings, schools closed and/or moving to online learning. Am sure this has to be difficult with college students today. That experience every student look forward to, socializing, going to parties, football, the classroom experience. Now having to adjust to sitting in front of a screen and not having the personal interaction with a professor or other classmate.
Strange when you take these two events, the president in office and just compare what was going on at the time. September 11, President Bush was into his first year as president. Of course there was still that debate about recount in Florida if he actually won. COVID19, Trump is ending his first term and running for a 2nd term. The debate now is voter fraud and abuse with mail in ballots. Both Republican Presidents, also had space exploration event happened during their their first term in office. Bush the re-entry break-up and burning of space shuttle columbia in February 2003. Trump, about three to four months into the pandemic, spaceX was successful launch and dock with the space station. One constant thing that each events have in common is people’s mental well being in dealing with these stressful events. Living on campus during Sept 11 it was college football that was the escape for a lot of students. Today with COVID19, that isn’t the case with the messaging, avoid large social gatherings. The fear and risk that you can get this virus at any large gather. Unlike back then, thanks to technology people can talk with a professional using their iphone or tablet. 2001 that wasn’t possible yet nor was the topic of addressing mental issues. Today mental issues is talk about every day. The importance that people seek help if dealing with depression and are stress out cause of the pandemic.