We all know there is one thing on everyone's minds.
It's on the news. It's on TV, in newspapers (if those are still a thing anymore...fix: ONLINE newspapers!), and everything else that gives us info on about pretty much anything we know.
And now quarantine...
The backlog it's going to create with everyone trying to PCS... I do not envy the headaches it's going to cause... and has already caused.
And school! Don't even get me started on that. We are all in online school, which is great. I've always wanted to try homeschooling... except that we are kind of contained within our homes. We all love our families, but we all need our space, too.
It's now or never. It's at this point in time that it is critical to understand that this is what makes or breaks us as people.
I mean, COME ON PEOPLE! We're military kids! We've got this! Right?
I mean, it's not like we have to move in the middle of a PANDEMIC right?
We just love how that works.
Oh, the irony.
But come on. We've got this. We've been through worse. I mean, we've moved cross-country, cross-world, even! We've been stuck in cars with noisy siblings (and are ever-so-grateful when somehow you make it to your destination without getting into an accident) or made it through plane rides with complete strangers where you're trying to figure out whether or not they are looking over your shoulder reading what you're reading or watching what you're watching...
(We all love it when our teachers tell us to put that in our essay, am I right? Or am I right?)
So what: This makes us even more resilient. After all, military kids are known for their resiliency. It's not like our life has been full of the military shuffling us around like a deck of cards, sending our parents off to places we don't know to participate in wars we don't understand.
Oh wait, it is. So what? So we are resilient. We are strong. Fast. Flexible. We've made it through hardships. We can do it again.
What's one more struggle to add to our already-heavy school backpack? (Seriously, why don't they make backpacks either A, bigger or B, more comfortable? I've always wanted one of those rollie-backpacks with the wheels. Those are cool.)
We are strong.
We got this!
Who cares: We all do! Even though we've all been through hardships, this is new, and scary, and unfamiliar. We've all probably heard adults saying that we're going to be telling our children and grandchildren about COVID-19 and quarantine. "Children, we were inside. All. The. Time." (Probably playing video games, or doing homework, or picking up some other new hobby or skill. Come on. We all know you're doing it.)
This is something BIG for our time. And we will remember it. And all the amazing people out there who are doing great things for our world, from the hospital workers to the people making masks, care. Our world is all the better for them.
(Thank you to all the hospital workers and people who are donating masks. You're awesome!)
It's scary, guys. We know. It's new. It's unfamiliar. It's... strange. But nothing that we can't handle. After all, even with social distancing, the networking of the military stretches beyond that of social interaction.
Those video chats you've no doubt have had with friends and family.
Those people you haven't spoken to in a while.
Even your next-door neighbor.
We have a web of friends, guys.
We can make it through social distancing. After all, us military kids are resilient. We're strong.
We're... well, AWESOME!
Keep up the positive energy!
Get a new hobby, binge watch, binge read, learn a new skill... anything! Be a part of something bigger than yourself.
Whether through donating, education, or even YouTube'ing'.
Or trying to be a blogger on an AMAZING military teen site... try something new. Improved.
Reinvent yourself into the person you are and want to be.
Because you've got the time. Use it.