OPINION: How we can use this time of isolation to bring us together

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Emily Groszczyk

A thank you note to all essential workers on the sidewalk in a Pewaukee neighborhood. Kids all around the the village have been leaving encouraging notes for those going out on walks.

It’s easy to get caught up in the panic and uncertainty of the news of the Coronavirus when looking at the headlines. I know that whenever I turn on the news, I immediately feel my anxiety increasing out of fear for the future of our country.

Will we sink into an economic depression? How many more people will die? How many more people will lose their jobs? Will we be able to go back to school in the fall? Going down a rabbit hole can be easy to do, but it is important to avoid this echo chamber of negativity.

We have a responsibility as American citizens to ignore the fear and blame tactics of the media and not make this situation political.

This is not a political issue, this is a human one. Those that want the economy to open don’t want grandma to die, and those who want us to stay shut aren’t trying to neglect the millions of people who have lost their jobs.

Therefore, try to refrain from saying Trump or Evers doesn’t care about us. None of us are going to agree with all of their decisions because this isn’t a simple issue, but we can use this time for the American people to be united instead of divided.

Focus on the positive things that are going on around us by doing things such as:

Instead of looking at the latest comment from our politicians, go outside and look at the sidewalk chalk drawings from all of the little kids in the neighborhood, thanking those on the front lines for their hard work.
Wave to all the people young and elderly alike going for a walk with their families, wearing homemade face masks made by the next door neighbor who dropped them off from six feet away.
Look at all the fundraisers that have been started and the examples of communities that are coming together to help each other out.
Have hope that we are more than the R or D next to the name of the person we vote for.

Yes, this time is scary. Yes, it’s affecting our mental health. Yes, it’s hard not seeing our friends. Yes, our families might be driving us crazy.

This time of isolation is hard for everyone, but remember these times of struggle and isolation because we can use this as an opportunity to deepen our gratitude. When we finally can see our friends again, we can give them the biggest hug and make sure we dont let ourselves forget how grateful we are for them.

Don’t take for granted when you get to be at a crowded restaurant, a packed baseball game, or a long line at the grocery store. Those all seemed annoying before they were taken away, but what would we give to have that back right now? Remember these times of suffering, so that we will appreciate the simple joys of life.

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