Right now, during one of the most exciting times in my life, I am sitting in my room. Rather than spending time with friends, attending my last few band concerts, or preparing for graduation, I am home, watching virtual lectures and typing my first few assignments for this week. This is far from what I expected my final weeks of high school to look like.
Since the start of this pandemic, there has been a lot of sympathy and support expressed toward both high school seniors and essential workers. And I, a grocery store employee, fall into both of those categories.
Because most things in my life are currently on hold or canceled altogether, I am working more. Instead of creating lasting memories with my closest friends, I put on gloves, a mask, and my best attitude to go and scan groceries or answer phone calls for a rushed, fearful population. This leaves me feeling invisible and unappreciated, feelings which I'm sure are shared by many others. I am very grateful to have a job during this time, but that doesn't diminish my fear.
As a senior, I know that everything will eventually be okay, but I am still grieving right now. As an essential worker, I am happy to continue serving the public, and I recognize that there are others making even greater sacrifices, but I am still scared.
During this time of uncertainty, the world simply needs kindness and love.
Let the stranger who is risking their health to provide services to you know how much you appreciate them. Show love to and support to your family, and reach out to those that you cannot be with in person.
Your recognition and appreciation could change someone's life in a way you never imagined possible.
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