It's Been Almost A Year Since The Pandemic Began, And I Still Haven't Adjusted To My 'New Normal'
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

It's Been Almost A Year Since The Pandemic Began, And I Still Haven't Adjusted To My 'New Normal'

The way we're living is not the way we're supposed to live.

It's Been Almost A Year Since The Pandemic Began, And I Still Haven't Adjusted To My 'New Normal'
Photo by Brian Asare on Unsplash

I was working as a news anchor for Friday Morning News, my high school's television show, on March 12, 2020.

The script read cancellations for upcoming activities since COVID-19 cases were on the rise. My city started buckling down.

There were a few things I read.

Students at my school were looking forward to events such as the diversity fair that would happen the following week. During this week every year, my high school would give out free food pertaining to different cuisines while educating students about different cultures.

One year, the German teacher wore traditional lederhosen and danced for the students.

It was quite a hoot, and it became something the students looked forward to every year: whether it being for the food, laughing at a teacher, or actually learning about the different cultures.

I finished reading through the script and said the tag simultaneously with my co-anchor, "This has been Katie and Kruse, with the Friday Morning News!"

Our advisor yelled "CUT!" over the loudspeaker and walked into the studio from his place in the editor's room.

He had gotten an email just minutes ago, saying we couldn't air Friday Morning News after editing the next day, like we normally would.

Every activity was canceled.

Tomorrow would be the last day of school for three weeks, as the state was going on lockdown due to COVID-19.

Now, I tend to be rather over-confident in situations such as this.

"Three weeks," I thought. "Okay. That'll be fine. I mean, this is senior year. We'll be back in business in no time!"

Sure enough, my haughtiness didn't change the fact that the school year's last unofficial production of Friday Morning News was the last time I would see any of my friends for months.

One of my favorite activities was anchoring for the news at my high school.

I'm studying journalism in college now with hopes of perhaps becoming a news anchor or reporter for a living.

Working as a news anchor in high school was a special opportunity, and it slipped through my fingers.

I never got time to prepare and be properly sentimental for my last episode.

Regulations concerning COVID-19 have stripped away key experiences and ways of living that I believe will change the world forever.

Since this pandemic began, we've been told that we would have to adapt to a "new normal."

Social distancing.

Mask wearing.

Hours attending to the seemingly omnipresent entity of Zoom.

If you're reading this right now, you've had to adapt to a new way of living in line with state and country protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

I can bet you feel different.


Burnt out.


Everything appears uncertain.

Frankly, I think we're scared to admit to ourselves and each other that the state of life we're in is uncomfortable.

We don't like this.

This isn't normal.

And it shouldn't be.

But it is.

And I suppose it needs to be, for now.

Don't forget where you were when this pandemic started. This will be one of the most poignant events of the 21st century.

However, the way we're living is not the life we're meant to live.

Apart from one another.

Breathing through fabric instead of just the crisp air.

Instead of lying to ourselves and saying, "This is the new normal," why don't we simply remember and enjoy the good memories before the pandemic started?

Let's remember the times in which we used to live. There are better days ahead.

Report this Content

Haunted Houses For Halloween In New Jersey

The Top Scariest Haunted Houses In New Jersey


Residing in New Jersey enables you to participate in various activities, and everyone has a favorite. In New Jersey, Halloween is also celebrated in a spooky way. There are many scariest haunted houses in NJ to celebrate Halloween. If you want to confront your greatest fears, Halloween Scariest haunted houses are ideal.

Keep Reading... Show less

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me


As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments