Board Games and Bike Rides and Tigers, Oh My!

Photo by Hayden McCulloch

A month ago, as the academic schedule began to get hectic, I was hoping for a couple of days off: some time to relax, hang out with friends, and prepare for looming tests and deadlines.  If you had told me that only a few weeks later I would want nothing more than to be in school, I would never have believed you. 

After weeks of guessing whether school would be canceled or not, I was pleasantly surprised when it was announced that we would get three days off, a reaction that I’m sure was shared by many of my classmates. As days turned into weeks of quarantine, my attitude changed dramatically. A ski trip to Colorado that I had been looking forward to for months was canceled and I could no longer see my friends or even go out of the house. Playing sports seemed to be a rare occurrence and a canceled baseball season became increasingly probable. As boredom took hold, I quickly began to envy people with siblings.

At home, news about the virus plays constantly from every TV and radio in the house and every time I look at my phone there seems to be a new update. It can be tiresome and at times annoying, but it helps me to put the situation in perspective. I can see that while I might not be happy with the current circumstances, my family and I are healthy, so we have it far better than many do. This idea has helped me focus on some of the positive aspects of quarantine. Though we do get on each other’s nerves, the time off has allowed my family to spend time together, play board games, go on walks and bike rides, and have conversations we would not otherwise have time to engage in. It has also allowed me to get myself organized, go on runs, and watch a gun-toting Oklahoman with a mullet and two hundred tigers on Netflix. While I may miss the time I’ve spent with my family, I certainly won’t be disappointed when we return to our normal lives.