By Chase Holmes, Opinions
The coronavirus has, if nothing else, been a powerful force of change across the world and within my own life.
It’s first and greatest lesson is that you have to be able to stay on your toes, and if you don’t know how, you’d better learn quickly.
Going into the summer semester I thought I had everything all laid out. I was in contact with a good internship that was exactly what I needed in a field I wanted to be in.
Through interviews, persistent emails asking about the status of funding for the summer, and a rapport with the team that bordered on friendly, I just knew I had it in the bag. And it was paid. Then, Covid-19 came and pushed me down the proverbial stairs.
Suddenly I was left without an internship I desperately needed, a source of income, and the experience in my field I wanted.
I had to sit back and reflect — really look at the situation I was put in and reevaluate what I knew about what I knew. The first thing I had to set in my mind was that eventually everything would work out. I just had to have hope.
I’ve heard it over and over from my friends that had just graduated and those whose jobs were suddenly now in question. If you don’t have hope that things will get better, then what do you really have? A feeling of existential dread that you know you can’t control and that just makes it all worse.
As the weeks passed inside, watching opportunities waste away and wondering where I was going to find the money to secure my not-so-distant future, the hits kept coming. I didn’t have enough money for the summer semester. Nobody was hiring. The world had been lit aflame by the heralds of change.
I was determined to carve out some bit of hope amongst all this uncertainty. I applied at my old job I used to work back home: the Home Depot. The days passed and the money was running dry but when it seemed like they weren’t going to call me back, I saw their number pop up on my screen. They wanted me in for an interview.
I was hired on the spot.
Things started to look up. In the span of an hour I knew then I could feed myself. A week later I secured a loan to pay for the part of my tuition I could not. Things started to come together as best they could.
That’s all we can really hope for.
In this day and age of Covid-19, we can’t keep expecting things to go back to normal. They won’t. Not for a long time. Whether that means tempering our expectations or simply adapting to the new normal, we have to keep pushing to make things as good as we can. I wish I had that other internship. I wish I didn’t have to get a loan for my summer classes. I wish that everything was hunky-dory and the world wasn’t suffering.
But it is.
So, if all we can do is make things as good as we can, then we must try to do it. If we don’t, we’ll find ourselves wallowing in despair and letting ourselves find out what ‘as bad as things can be’ looks like.