Storyteller: Anna Bradford
Seth is an 18 year old high school student from Midland, Michigan. He first heard about COVID-19 when his teachers started talking about the possibility of school shutting down. He had heard about a man in China eating a bat that resulted in an illness, but did not know what was to come of it.
As a junior in high school at the start of the pandemic, Seth’s junior year baseball season, as well as the rest of his school year, was cancelled. Something that has most changed for Seth is that they are now required to wear masks during sports games and practices. He says it can be difficult playing basketball while wearing a mask because it gets so warm. There are also restrictions for sports as well as the number of spectators that are allowed to be present. Seth, like many student athletes, have had to adjust to this drastic change during the current pandemic.
Seth recalls when the COVID-19 pandemic first shut everything down and how quickly things progressed. This has impacted him to see the perspective of how quickly things can change, and how you have to be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Another thing that impacted Seth’s perspective was his view of the government. Experiencing the Coronavirus pandemic showed Seth that the government is more concerned with competing with each other rather than the health and good of the people, thus lowering his respect for the government. Instead of people focusing on the current public health risk at hand, people were more invested in the political aspect of it.
2020 was a year of the unexpected, and showed many of us how quickly our normal lives can change. In a blink of an eye, our normal can be stripped away from us. Seth found this apparent and that the global pandemic has taught him to be prepared for the unexpected. Life is full of ups and downs and will surprise you when you’re least expecting it.