So, it’s been a moment. I haven’t written anything in 5 months and within that time, so many *interesting* things happened. We thought World War 3 would happen. The great Kobe Bryant and Gigi died as well as the other families who lost their lives in the helicopter crash. Australia was on fire for a really long time. Trump was impeached, but not kicked out of office. Murder hornets. UFO sightings??? The possible discovery of a parallel universe (that one wasn’t real thankfully) Oh yeah, and a worldwide pandemic putting towns, cities, states, and countries all over the world on lockdown…

I, for one, definitely did not see this coming. I remember when 2019 was coming to an end and all anyone could talk about was how bright and amazing 2020 would be because 1) it was a new decade and 2) everyone was overdue for a little good in their life. Well, that all changed when the fire nation attacked. *Ahem* Sorry, I am currently re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (the greatest show ever created). Everything seemed to have went to crap as soon as the clock turned 12:00 AM January 1st.

However, we do try to remain on the bright side here on my blog. We may be locked in our houses at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the world has stopped spinning. Many people are working from home, taking classes at home, and just trying to safe. I want to say a quick thank you to all the essential workers out there. They are keeping the world in some shape, giving us hope that one day we can return to normal, whether that is in one year or three.

We all lost something (or someone) due to Corona. Last semester my research was accepted to a conference in Sweden. I got all the money I needed to go and got my plane ticket, and my registration and hotel was set. My first time presenting at a conference, an international one at that, was taken away from me. I presented it online, but it still wasn’t the same. Also, Penn State students went home for Spring Break and a few days before break was over…they told us not to come back. While I understand the reason that was done, that still doesn’t change the fact that all my stuff is still there. I am finally going to get it this weekend (2 and 1/2 months later). My summer class is online and my summer research program may also be online (I was really looking forward to it this year).

So many people lost opportunities, are struggling financially, and are scared about what is going to happen next. Although I do not have an answer for you, I can tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It may sound cheesy, but life will one day get back to normal. I will tell you that there will be a lengthy transition period. If you are conscious about germs, you will be wearing masks for a long time. Social activities with a lot of people will seem uncomfortable (at least they will for me). You may not even want to go out, and that is completely understandable. For right now, stay safe and stay inside (if you can and your financial situation isn’t dependent on it).

The best thing to do right now is to stay busy, while also relaxing from time to time. Remember, you will never (hopefully) experience a time like this again. You aren’t being pulled between 50 different activities, clubs, classes, jobs, etc. Now is the time to take some online courses, get those certifications, lose/gain weight (healthily), start that youtube channel, take up cooking, and so much more! I took up jogging, cooking, and baking in the time I have spent at home. I’ve also been practicing make up and different hairstyles and even rearranged and redecorated my room! I also may be starting up my YouTube channel again in a few weeks so watch out for that!

But, just know it is okay if you don’t take up new hobbies during this time. This pandemic is stressful enough without learning how to build a gazebo in your backyard… If you think the best thing for your mental and physical health is to just take it easy and just do things that need to be done, that is perfectly fine. Your mental and physical health comes first and is very important for you to maintain, especially right now.

Take the time to get to know yourself and I promise that once this is all over, it will have been worth it.

Love you all and just know that I am rooting for you.

Signing Off,