April 16, 2020
Stay inside. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Six feet apart. Easy on the toilet paper. Can you hold your breath? Feeling feverish? Do you want to risk going to a center and getting tested, or infected?
Breathe. Lie down, take a deep breath, and hold it. This serves two purposes — if you can do that, odds are you don’t have what we’re all afraid of, and your nerves may begin to settle. There’s no shame in admitting we’re afraid right now. It’s the right response when things we care about are lost or in jeopardy.
What isn’t the right response is panicking, fighting, resisting recommendations. One glance at any social media will tell you how bored people are, and how cabin fever’s already begun to set in. For the sake of everyone, please just be strong. Take a deep breath, and do what’s right.
There’s more to staying calm and staying in than that, though. So cozy up. Get in your comfiest clothes, since you’re not going out anyways, and grab some tea. Or coffee. Or a little lemon water. Maybe just water. Turn on your favorite TV show, or to-be favorite TV show, and take a deep breath. We’ve all been working hard for the past few months, and it’s okay to relax. If you do the right thing, you’ve got nothing to be afraid of.
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Ethan Verderber is a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals, and a junior at West High. He's a second-year member of Play Production, and fences outside of school....