Trying Times

What scares me...


PC: Kylee Hall

MV turns on our Panther Stadium field lights to show we are in this together.

Kylee Hall

Uncertainty. It is what terrifies a large population of the human race. We are beings of habit. Most do not like change, and most live in a box for a world so when that box gets completely flipped, we get scared. Our routines change, our lives get messed up, and our present gets pulled right out from under us and it is like we are falling, we do not know when we are going to stop, we just know that it is happening. 

I think fear drives almost everything we do as people. Fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of the future, and the fear of the unknown. To think that an entire two months of my senior year has been and will continue to be stripped from me, scares me. 

It scares me because not only do we see how lives are being affected on the news, but how something that seems so easy to overcome quickly takes everything from nations across the globe. I guess that in the grand scheme of things my senior year being slowly taken from me is not as big of a deal as it seems. 

People are being affected, real people with families who cannot even say their goodbyes in person because this virus takes mercy on no one. This is what scares me. My mom works in a hospital and if it came down to it she would be on the frontlines with a virus that finds no one immune. This is what scares me. 

My brother works a job that is essential and there is no telling who he must interact with in a day. This is what scares me. The cases continue to rise closer to home. This is what scares me. I do not know when my graduation ceremony will be, and I do not know the next time I will get to laugh with my friends in a group, I do not know if I will get to walk down the halls to my classes again, I do not know if I will ever get to sit at my computer in the newsroom, and this is what scares me. 

The class of 2020 was born in one of the most trying times in our nation’s history and today we are living through another, we have prospered through adversity before and we can again, despite our fears.