Friday, May 29, 2020

COVID Student Journal: I have so much going on that I really don’t have time to think about what is going on.

(Student submission Spring 2020)

The month of February was a hectic month. Life was life, fast paced and steam rolling to get the school semester over with good grades. Nothing much had changed other than going back to college. As I think back to the end of 2019, the corona virus was in full effect in China. The “Chinese Virus” was something I have never heard of. As I think about it, I don’t really pay attention to the news much

Other than when I was in the Marine Corps the only news I listened to was the Lcpl underground and whatever Colonel Styskal had to say about what we were going to be doing in the meantime between deployments. Now that I am home for good I still do not watch the news on television. Neither CNN or FOX news interest me, I just don’t really care. I have so much going on that I really don’t have time to think about what is going on. I usually got my news from Facebook or Instagram. I don’t have cable so that was my main source of news. In February when the virus was hitting America everyone was losing it. I really didn’t think of it much. Work didn’t stop for me and the only thing that changed was going to school online.

As March came a lot of memes came with it. During these times I saw things out in public that I’ve never seen before. It was almost like a movie. One day I was driving down Capital Circle NE and saw a man and his son with full camo and what looked like a bug out pack. It was like a scene from an apocalypse movie. I still go do normal things like go to work, go to the grocery store, get gas, etc. The only thing that has really changed for me during this is waiting outside to be told to go into a store and everyone wearing masks and gloves. Waiting to go inside of a store doesn’t really bother me. In the Marine Corps we would always have to wake up at 0200 and wait for hours at the armory to get our rifle. So waiting in a line doesn’t bother me anymore.

April was a month that was a little more hectic. With my job at the time being essential and school being online I just had to keep trucking. After a meeting with my employer to allow me to have Tuesday and Thursday off for school they couldn’t work with me with that schedule anymore. I was then laid off. It was ridiculous but I didn’t let it get me down. I buckled down even harder and studied my tail off for my finals. I didn’t want to work for that company for the rest of my life and I know I will find something better. It didn’t pay very well but I was grateful to have a job. I have heard that COVID-19 is starting to wind down and businesses are starting to open back up. If this is true it would be awesome. But in the meantime, I’ll be down at the coast with a rum runner in my hand and not a care in the world.