My son was a senior of the class of 2020.
When reports of COVID-19 first began and the cancellations started, I was sad. Sad for him and his friends and the gift that being a senior in the springtime brings.
The fun days at the beach, the recognition, the awards, prom, senior pranks and picnics, and all the finals- final classes, final times with friends and teachers, final concerts, final games and student activities. It seemed as though they had been robbed of that joy and I found myself tearing up over it.
As time has passed and we have all settled into this new way of living, this time of social distancing and sheltering in place together, I have started seeing things differently.
Our seniors are learning life lessons; lessons that are so important and significant and they are learning them in a way that no generation (in recent years) has learned before them.
- Love your neighbor.
- Appreciate and respect those “behind the scenes” workers- the grocery store workers, the delivery drivers, custodians, the truckers, etc. They make our way of living possible.
- Life isn’t always about you.
- Be patient with others.
- Help those who can’t always care for themselves.
- Spend time with family. They love you and these will be some of our last days together- make them good.
- You don’t have to go places and spend money to find contentment, that is created within.
- When you are bored, look around for opportunities. Learn a new skill, read a book, write, organize your room, exercise- there are options all around you.
- Appreciate your medical professionals. They expose themselves to dangerous situations on a regular basis for you.
- You never know what life will bring. Be flexible and stay educated to make the best decisions for you and your family when life brings the unexpected.
As I have begun to see things differently, my prayer is that they will too.
The class of 2020 will surely be the “class with perfect vision.”
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