Children are missing out, adults are missing out, and humanity as a whole is missing out. We’ve been living through the COVID-19 pandemic for almost three years now. Realistically, we are never going to be able to get this time back.

My heart aches for the children of the world who have grown up in this life not knowing anything different. “Quarantine kids” is a label that some of the younger generation is falling into.

Personally, for my family and I, my youngest sister went almost a whole year of her childhood not seeing anyone outside of our right family members. She is four years old now and has practically spent her whole life in the middle of a pandemic. Elementary students are struggling to learn the ways of school. Middle school students are trying to navigate through new relationships and personal changes. High school students are feeling pressure to apply to college to continue their education. So many people in the world are still terrified to leave their houses.

I understand that we should air on the side of caution, but how long is this fear going to last? Humans are meant to be interactive, communicative, and personable. I still believe we need to be cautious when trying to limit the spread, but at some point in time we are going to have to start living without fear. Living in the midst of fear is not doing anyone any benefits. 

At this point in time, everyone needs to make their own decision between living in safety rather than fear. We all have our own lives; the people we are all around are going to bring different risk factors. Everyone has their own “normal,” but don’t let that impede on living your life. Do your part for the people around you and don’t let your caution be guided by fear or resentment of other people's personal decisions.

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