Young people struggled, learned a lot during pandemic lockdown | Mary jo podgurski
I just finished an article on the mental health needs of young people. When interviewing teenagers, I asked a question: Have you learned any positive lessons from the pandemic?
Here are some answers:
I think I’ve learned that it’s important to have consistent habits when the world is in a constant state of uncertainty.
I discovered that my mother can be fierce. She became our teacher and then a lawyer.
She fights to keep my brothers and I safe and get a good education.
I loved seeing her like that.
I have learned that being afraid of other kids at school is stupid. I can defend myself. There is a lot more to worry about.
When we weren’t at school, I befriended people I didn’t know well because we were thrown into online classes. I didn’t really like learning online, but I enjoyed meeting kids who never crossed my path in high school.
I have learned that we have many ways of communicating. Even though we had to be physically separated, we didn’t need to be alone.
The pandemic sparked many self-discovery scenarios in my head and led me to the need to find out who I really am.
I learned how much my grandfather means to me.
He has cancer and the thought of him contracting COVID-19 made me think of him more than I thought of myself.
I’ve learned that homework has a huge impact on your grades.
I learned that I could learn online and do well without too many incentives.
It was the first time that I felt myself grown up. I picked up a lot while my mom was working.
Lots of people are working from home now, so some families have been saved by it.
I learned how much music calms me down. 13 years
I discovered how much I love writing stories. I like to create universes and invent stories about the characters in these universes. This makes it easier to stop worrying about real life.
I rediscovered how much I love art. I did a lot of art during the lockdown.
I ate a lot of pizza but seriously learned how to plant a garden and make recipes with fresh tomatoes, like soup, which goes very well with grilled cheese.
I learned how much we can help each other even though we are young.
The pandemic has reinforced how much I love sports. I missed playing when we weren’t able to form teams. I also missed when the football was not playing. It was really hard for me.
I missed the live theater, but I discovered “Hamilton” streaming and online theater camp.
I read a lot. I knew I liked to read but the confinement showed me how much.
The pandemic has taught me to enjoy things like sleepovers, dining out, and shopping. I will no longer take these things for granted.