Hello everyone! This piece discusses my daily activities during quarantine, as well as my comments in relation to the COVID-19 virus, it’s impact on the NBA, and society as we speak.
DISCLAIMER: This piece isn’t used to discredit anyone affected by the virus, nor bash those and their use of time during quarantine. I’m simply utilizing the platform I’ve established for myself, to express my feelings on what I’ve witnessed during the past couple of weeks. Enjoy.
The last time I wanted to leave my home this bad, I was in elementary school.
I know I speak for many when saying, that the Coronavirus pandemic has left us all confused. The question most of us have is, when will this all end?
Each day feels as if we’re taking one step forward, then two steps back.
Often times, I find myself watching the ABC World news. During the news coverage, for one segment, we’ll find out that people are recovering in one country. Great. Then for the next segment, they’ll announce that another person has lost their life due to complications of the virus. Not great.
The worst part is, there appears to be no clear endpoint for this madness.
Despite the negativity stemming from this pandemic, there have been a few bright spots to point out.
In order to prevent the spread of this virus, we must distance ourselves from each other in our respective homes. A practice also known as quarantine.
In other words, we’ve been gifted a break, and hopefully, we’re using this free time productively. Easier said than done.
My quarantine has consisted of Zoom meetings for my online courses, daily FaceTime sessions with friends, video games, home-cooked meals, and the bonding with family that began to decrease once I entered college.
I did some self-reflecting, using music and my spiritual beliefs to set out the goals I plan to achieve, once quarantine concludes.
The main component that’s affected me during quarantine, has been the lack of my favorite sports league: the NBA.
However, Knicks/ Rangers owner James Dolan and sports announcer Doris Burke have contracted the disease, thankfully symptom-free. It always hits home when those you admire are impacted by something like this.
Another component failing to garner attention: the impact of quarantine. For some, it’s doing more harm than good. Within the last few days, I’ve spoken to a few friends who’ve been experiencing depression, due to loneliness and lack of productivity.
I can’t blame them. Often, when responsibilities are lessened, poor habits begin to creep in.
Their comments resonated with me. Like many, I’ve experienced both laziness and boredom. And whenever those two symptoms coincide, negative things tend to occur.
This isn’t to mention the thousands of people losing their lives every day to this pandemic. And according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, we have yet to reach the peak of COVID-19.
Coronavirus has impacted our lives from both a physical, and now mental standpoint.
This past month feels like a chapter out of a horror book. Families have seen their lives turned upside down as a result of the virus. People are dying. Others are beginning to act differently.
Despite this rough patch we find ourselves in, we must view this situation from a positive perspective. Those lucky enough to be healthy, are being given a much-needed break. We’re being BEGGED to stay home. Use this time to your advantage.
Let’s pick up a new hobby. Maybe assess our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Let’s rekindle old and lost friendships, or get closer to our maker. We should help others that may not be as healthy as us. Let’s find our passion.
Let’s just be productive. We’ll never receive a lay-off this long, again. If we can add beneficial artillery to our overall arsenal, and stay healthy, we’ll leave this pandemic in better shape than we entered it.
To conclude, my prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Dezann Romain. The 36-year-old Brooklyn principal passed March 23rd from complications of the Coronavirus. My condolences also go out to those who lost a loved one due to this virus!
If you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading. Leave a comment if you enjoyed this piece. And please, share this with your friends!
Also, with the COVID-19 virus currently impacting our world, let’s educate ourselves and others, on how to prevent this virus from spreading further. Remember to wash your hands frequently, practice social-distancing, and pray, that we can leave this pandemic behind us.
*Special shoutout to Jaden M, Derwin, Daniel L, Kayla C, and Abisola.
(Originally posted April 1, 2020 on Medium. Edited May 23, 2020 on WordPress.)