VOICES: Diamonds in the rough

Category:  Opinions
Monday, September 28th, 2020 at 1:15 PM

2020 has been a year filled with just about everything you can think of. 

From a worldwide pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and perhaps changed the way we live forever, to the death of one of the greatest athletes of all time in Kobe Bryant, this year has been a rollercoaster of emotions. 

Pairing with the tragedy, I’m sure that personally, 2020 has been a colossal disappointment to many of you. But in an attempt to stay positive, I have to admit that there are still many good things that happened in 2020, along with lessons I’ve learned that I’m extremely grateful for. Hopefully, everyone can feel similar; even in the darkest and dullest of moments, I believe there is always something to be positive about. 

In early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to take over the world, figuratively and literally, everyone was told that self-isolation and quarantine would be our lives for the foreseeable future. I will admit, I wasn’t sure about the whole “staying at home and not doing anything in public” idea, but some of the best things that have happened to me in 2020 are because of quarantine.  

Instead of living in my apartment alone for months, I decided to come and live with my sister so she didn’t have to be alone either. During quarantine, we spent more time together than we have since we were kids, and we both enjoyed it so much that we decided I should move in with her and live at her house for good. That would have never happened without this virus. Spending time with family is some of the best moments anyone can have, and because of the mandatory quarantine we were issued,  family time became a given in 2020.  

Another thing that happened while in quarantine was the rejuvenation of my high school friend group. With having very little priorities for the first time since high school, my friends and I were playing golf and video games such as “Call of Duty” and "Fortnite” together, just like the good ole days. It felt amazing to act like a kid again. Even though we are only 21 and 22 years old, life after high school is anything but easy, and to have some time again to just feel free and young was much needed.  

Spending time with friends and family is not the only thing that the COVID-19 pandemic provided me with. Some of the life lessons I learned during this hard time are critically important; they’re lessons I believe everyone needs to be aware of. If there’s one thing I learned during this time, it’s to never take anything for granted and to truly live life in the moment. You never know what’s going to happen next. Instead of worrying about what might happen, instead focus your mind on the present and what you have to be grateful for. 

The events that have occurred in 2020 are straight out of a movie, and this year will go down as one of the most eventful and memorable in our world’s history. The negatives may outweigh the positives, but that does not mean there’s nothing to take from it. Everything happens for a reason and it can be a learning experience for all. 

Steven McGarvie is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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