Isabel: Newfound appreciation for ‘abuelitos’; mental health and new activities
For almost a year now, my life has altered extensively with the effects of the ongoing global pandemic. Academically, I had to rapidly adapt to the new way of learning which I found quite hard without collaborating with my peers and teachers. Although, I’ve found new study methods and new ways of learning virtually with my peers and it has helped me in obtaining exceptional grades so far.
However, my mental health throughout this pandemic has honestly been a rollercoaster. Oftentimes, I’ve felt depressed and unwilling to do anything for almost two to three weeks since I felt as if things would never turn back to normal. Now I have concluded that this is only temporary, and I must find the strength within myself to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing how this pandemic has affected several of my family members mentally has made me recognize how significant it is to show and give each other love and empathy.
While my lifestyle was changing, I found new hobbies aside from volleyball: mountain biking, hiking, painting, walking my Nina’s dog, enjoying my family more, spending time with my great-grandparents, and learning how to cook more. Even the start of my mom’s balloon garland business!
Recently, my great-grandpa has unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer and we believe that my great-grandma has early-onset dementia which saddens me to know that both of my great-grandparents are going through such things during a pandemic.
With my great grandparents' health, my mom and I have taken on the responsibility to help care for them. Their presence in my life has made me aware of how fortunate I am to be around them.
In conclusion, the past eleven months have not been the easiest, but I’ve come to appreciate the simple things in life and life itself.