The Life Lessons Taught by Quarantine
Quarantine. Isolation. Stay-at-home. I hear these three words more than I hear my own name. It’s like being stuck inside a box enclosed so tight that not even light can pass through. But what if quarantine isn’t a punishment? What if quarantine is trying to transform us into a better version of ourselves?
Being stuck in a box has taught me to cherish life’s many gifts. Friends, education, even the ability to breathe. These are just a few of the many aspects that I have taken for granted before being forced to stay at home. For example, before the pandemic, I sometimes became bored going to my friends house doing the same activities over and over again. Xbox, play outside, Xbox, play outside. These fun games soon became a monotony, like a hamster rolling in the same cage. I would try to wiggle out of this tedium by using homework or another extracurricular activity as an excuse. But now, I know that every moment spent with friends, no matter the monotony, should be treated as limited gifts. Regarding my education, I would never take the time to thank my teachers for their tutelage while l still learned in a physical school. In fact, I sometimes categorized my mentors based on how interesting their lessons were and their expertise while forgetting the fact that all teachers shape the next generation. However, during this quarantine, I realized that teachers are the guides that pave the path for their posterity. Lastly, quarantine has taught me to respect every breath I inhale into my lungs, for without oxygen, there is no life. Many people say that “nothing in life comes for free”, and yet, aren’t we consuming the air given by Mother Earth without any expense? How much are we indebted towards Nature herself?