The New Normal (COVID19) 4 weeks gone by… Changes, protests & political differences


It has been four weeks of Sheltering in Place… The second extension is set to expire on April 30. In the news, we have seen a retaliation of protesters who are wanting relief from “Stay at Home Shelter” orders across many states. Some of them being in my home state of Illinois in Springfield.

The governor also canceled in person learning for the rest of the year. All students will be learning remotely from home until the end of the school year. This means seniors had the rest of their senior year taken away – no prom, perhaps not even a chance to walk down the aisle with their classmates and have a graduation…

IHSA (Illinois High School Sports Association) canceled all sports for the spring season…. Meaning senior athletes won’t get that last run on the track field or even the last crack of the baseball  bat…  In some form, Illinois seniors and senior athletes will be finding creative ways to be remembered and honored…

Large meat packing companies such as Smithfield and Tyson have had to close because workers have become sick with COVID19. This could disrupt some of the nation’s food supply…

Political figures are being badgered for the decisions they are making and some governors are getting too antsy about reopening up their states – even after the federal government creates guidelines to follow for safely opening up their states again in steps after positive cases and deaths would start to decline.

The world is chaotic. In between those chaotic lines though, there are some glimmers of hope of individuals reaching out to help others – whether it be having birthday drive-by parades, remembering seniors by driving around a brightly lit football field or having meaningful celebrations and discussions via video communication platforms such as ZOOM or GOOGLE MEET.

Thank goodness for technology, or most of us would feel completely alone … It has already began to take a tole on some individuals and families, as they long to see family members and friends. Some miss dining out, attending worship services, going to events and many other types of social outings…

And the thing is – the “Shelter in Place” has only been a month … And even when restrictions slowly start to lift little by little, things will not be completely “normal.” This won’t be over until a treatment is found or a vaccination is developed. In public, it is possibly many will be required to wear masks, asked to continue to practice social distancing (staying six feet away) or even requiring temperature checks at the door of public places…

… The normal we had before all this , we may not get it back for some time, if even at all. I believe this pandemic may change life as we know it, and it may change us as people. Many of our lives changed in a short amount of time and we have had to learn to adjust.

Changes are in the air, chaos is on the streets, but there is hope waiting for us beyond the darkness… We just need to make it back to the light.

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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