It’s safe to say everyone has had challenges throughout the past year and a half. Likewise, each generation has had its own unique set of challenges.
Older generations have had to forgo seeing their family. Thus, losing out on precious memories with the lives they created and spending time with loved ones.
Others were forced into early retirement, losing jobs they once held for so many years, unknowing where their income source will be, and struggling to make ends meet.
Teenagers and kids, losing out on the social aspect of growing up, losing those pivotal moments in education and life events that we all took for granted when we were their age.
Pandemic babies, going to the grocery store for them is considered Disney World. And it will be interesting to see the long-term effects the pandemic has on their development.
As for Young Adults, which is the category I fall in, we lost a lot too, and personally, it has been such a struggle.
I graduated from college last year in my childhood bedroom. And as I sit here staring at my degree, I render it useless (okay, kind of).
Socializing and meeting new people is hard enough; add a pandemic into the mix, and it’s nearly impossible. When you are young, meeting new people was through work, bars, and social events. Now work is done from home and six feet apart is the norm.
Growing up, most adults told me that my 20’s would be the golden years, and enjoy them while I can. So now that I am in my 20s and a pandemic, I feel this pressure and anxiety that I am not doing enough and not enjoying my youth.
Overall, I think everyone has had to put this wall up. It’s almost as if society has said that if you are not going through tragic events, you are not allowed to be upset about other things like not getting your hair done or going to a concert.
While those are trivial things to the grand scheme of life, it was what made it what it is, and it’s all we knew. When it took over our lives back in March of 2020, we had to learn and adapt so fast to a new way of living, and we were never given the ability to process what we had just lost.
I have recently been coming to realize what life is shaping up to be and how different it is from what I pictured.
So, here is your reminder that you’re allowed to miss and grieve the way life used to be and the stuff we took for granted. Everyone is burnt out and exhausted, but we are still here. So, if you want, feel free to rant and ramble about things that you missed out on in the past year or so. It can be as little as a nail appointment or something as big as graduation. I won’t judge.
Continue to take care of your physical and mental health. Check up on your friends and family. And maybe one day, we will be able to move past this tragic part of our lives.
Thanks for reading!
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