With all the craziness of COVID-19, I am writing to get some feelings off my chest. Not entirely related to the virus, but what isn’t these days.

It’s been exactly a year since I left for my research exchange in Germany last summer and the memories are flooding back. My heart is heavy when I hear that about the current situation in every country around the world; in every city where I had spent some of the best months of my life just a year ago.

This post is a post of appreciation of the world when everything was normal. When businesses, schools and universities weren’t closed. When the streets were full of life and energy. When people stopped to chat upon running into a friend on the street, and when the news reported on seal pups singing the Star War’s theme song.

Instead of focusing on the pain, the struggles, the stress and the tension in the world, let’s focus on the positive. Let’s focus on celebrating the incredible work being done by our doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers. Let’s celebrate coming together (virtually) and reconnecting with friends that we might not have talked to in months. Let’s celebrate the environment being given a chance to show that it can recover from industrialization.

I am grateful to have the company of my housemates whom help the days to pass. In the early days of quarantine, we spent the days doing coursework and the evenings relaxing and playing board games. With exams over and courses completed, the days are filled with baking, reading, future-planning, and ballet (random I know, but honestly, Tiler Peck’s daily Instagram ballet classes have become an essential part of my afternoons). It hasn’t been so bad and I have slowly developed a routine and acclimated to this new normal. But, as an extrovert who is terrible with virtual interaction-ing, it has without a doubt been hard. I almost feel as though I am losing bits of my identity.

I know that we will get through this. It isn’t easy finding routine and normalcy in what feels like an apocalypse but let’s just treat this as a time to reconnect. To slow down and appreciate the simple things and what we are lucky to have. Hold onto your loved ones (not physically) and hold onto the things and activities you love.

We will get through this. ❤ Love you all.

Side note to all my friends from my 3.5 months in Europe: I miss you all so much. Going through all my photos for this post filled me with such nostalgia. I hope you are all taking care and I hope that one day we will meet again.

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