Unexpected quarantine made me realize what is essential and what is not. I was surprised at how much I have been concerned about what is not essential. Before, I had been discouraged to notice my gray hairs increasing every morning. But under this social distancing situation, I don’t need to worry about it, but I need to know where I can obtain toilet paper.
As far as I remember, it is my first time to have a genuinely restful time, which is not predetermined with commitments by others. I can arrange my schedule at my discretion and choose what I like to do. Modern technology enables me to explore the world’s history that I have been really curious about through Youtube. I feel truly free to myself and this situation has revealed what I enjoy.
I cannot know when this quarantine will end, but I know it surely will come. I will continue to read articles, watch news, and write my opinions to share with my peers, hoping that this quarantine will be over soon.
Submitted by Lauren Choi, Orange County – Irvine.
This was submitted as part of Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, a program of the Newport Beach Public Library.