We come together in creative ways. At the beginning of this pandemic, I had no perspective. The only image I was ever able to create in my mind was this broken unrecognizable reality. Globally, nothing was the way it was, and there was a major shift in everyday reality for everyday people. Simultaneously, all of our lives were disrupted. As a community, we lost a lot. There was a period of time when we all started to pay attention to all the things we were going to miss out on. Proms were canceled, graduations were destroyed, and people were physically getting kicked out of dorm rooms. Times were really dark for a while. As we began to settle in, our new profound realities scattered. It got worse. Society was shutting down and the world was turning really dark.
It goes without saying that most of us took to social media—pain was felt and noticed on all platforms. Frustrated by the lack of stability, we all fell into a vast global grieving process. Anger from the lack of toilet paper. Anxiety by not being able to go outside. Fear from catching COVID-19. It was terrifying.
But something I noticed was that we didn’t stay there for very long. Once we allowed ourselves to have an adjustment period for our new worlds of self-isolation, most of us got creative. With the new and sudden boost of content on the internet, we tried to make the most out of it.
We came together in creative ways. All across the planet, everyone was trying to help with this pandemic in every way possible. We got fashion designers making masks and Shakira making hand sanitizer. My new favorite notification on my phone shows when people throw dance parties in their front yard. The world is pretty cool. We’re doing some pretty cool things. I’m actively prioritizing my time to be here with all of you.
I’m a 2nd-year college student from UCSB, so I live in Isla Vista—the most compassionate and united community I’ve ever had the chance to live in. It astonishes me how other places aren’t like it. There is a standard of respect in the community. We understand that everyone has their difficulties that life throws at them, meaning there’s no reason for why we can’t help them out. They need to only ask, and usually they’ll find a helping hand. It’s a pretty cool place to live.
I hope we continue to care for one another after all of this. I don’t want the immediate response after COVID-19 to be a reversion to the hateful world that we were. I want to see lasting change in the function of our societies. I want us to notice each other’s presence and respect them without question. That is what society should look like. We have to get there. We have to use this to our advantage and plan and promote the societies we want to live in. The only way through this all is together. We got this. I love you guys. – OG