March 13th 2020

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

the challenges she faces are no joke. the tough times have traumatized her. will she ever get over the past? what will her future look like? (this short story is a replay of my life in the time period set)

March 13th, 2020

Life is full of surprises. She woke up not expecting a virus would change her life. It was December 2019 when a virus walked into everyone’s lives and destroyed it. A virus that started with a few people, today is killing millions of people. She didn’t know what was ahead of her. She had no idea what was coming her way. Her life was about to go downhill but not sure if it will go back up.


That very day, March 12th, she came home from a long day at school. She carried on with the evening not knowing what is about to cross her path. As March break was approaching her teacher decided to give her homework for the last day. She sat at her desk to start her never-ending homework. She decided to watch the news before starting her homework. She saw a headline in red stating something she didn’t expect. It read “ Ontario schools will be closed till April 6th due to spread of Covid 19.” She was excited to get a long break from homework but didn’t know that she will regret it. She had school the next day, March 13th, but she didn’t know it would be the last day of school for the school year.


Two months had passed and she felt relieved to not have to go to school and complete hours’ worth of homework. Other than the fact she was bored at home. She would get up late in the morning and then watch TV for the rest of the day. That only lasted until she found out that she will be continuing school online. She started school online and it destroyed her peace. She fell behind on homework and got scolded for it. She was stressed all the time. Her teacher was trying to give the classwork to cover the days they were not in school. She felt bombarded with work and responsibilities. Besides school, she had to deal with a sister who was struggling, parents who didn’t appreciate anything she did, and more overall her loneliness. After a week of online school, she got in touch with a guy in her class who helped her with homework. She was and is always grateful for his help during difficult times. 

At last, online school was over and the summer break swooped in. She felt a sense of danger waiting for her but shrugged it off. She didn’t know exactly what to do with two months of nothing. She loved her neighbours and spent a lot of time with them. They were way younger than her but she didn’t care. She would ride her bike around the neighbourhood with them. She spent time with her cousins and played basketball, badminton, and tag with them. She loves her cousins a lot and would do anything to get to spend time with them. 


“Time passes and we may be apart, but cousins always stay close at heart.”


July and August went by in the blink of an eye. In-person school learning was rolling around. Her face was glowing with joy. She started school successfully but she had to wear masks all time. She was just happy to be back in school with her best friend in the same class. Her best friend and she were in the same class after many years of separation. Grade 8, the final year at the school, was off to a great start. The thing was that she didn’t expect the unexpected. 


It was two weeks before September was coming to an end, she heard that whoever wanted to change back to online school had an opportunity. Then her best friend broke the unexpected news to her, she was switching to online school. She couldn’t change to online school because she knew that would never smile again. A few days later she got home from school and found a board in front of her house that stated: “ FOR SALE.” In a week her life went from bright and warm to dark and cold. She loved her home even though it was her second home. She had lived in it for 11 years of her life. Whether it was good or bad her home was where it all took place. It was like she walked into a cave with no light and no way out. She cried herself to sleep every day. Another week passed and her best friend switched to online and she had to transfer to another class. Her life stopped at a dead end. 


A few days had passed and she starting hanging out with the other girls in her class. They were moral support for her and they didn’t know what big of a difference they made in her life. She was surviving but didn’t know how long she would be able to survive. She knew she couldn’t ask her friend to switch back to in-person learning. She moved on with her life but now the biggest fear she had was that she might have to go to another high school. She didn’t want to leave her friends behind. She became emotionally drained. She spent a lot of time worrying and crying. She wondered why her life has been in a ditch for the past 4 years. She came to a point in life where she questioned what is she doing on earth. She started questioning every second of her life. Her thoughts got deeper and deeper and didn’t seem to end. 


Time went on and she wasn’t as bothered as she was before but the fear remained in her heart and mind. Her thirteenth year on earth came around in November. She focused on spending the several months she had of being able to see her friends. She pushed the negativity away from her for a while. “The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes.” Winter break was approaching and her sense of fear grew stronger than her. She became too weak to cry. Her only fear was that she might not be able to see her friends again. She was afraid that she might have to switch to online school and then not be able to see her friends ever again. “


Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in life is what dies inside us while we live.”


As she expected the government announced to close schools for another week. She managed to get through online school for a week. Then they closed schools for two months. She worried about the endless possibilities of not seeing her friends again. She struggled to find motivation and paid less attention in class. She used social media to keep herself from collapsing in frustration and disappointment. She would talk to her friends almost every day but still felt dissatisfied. Her parents weren’t supportive and only added fuel to fire. They called her arrogant and lazy but what they didn’t know was their daughter was far from lazy and arrogant. She knew that she wasn’t her immature self anymore. She had changed and became more dependent and self-conscious.


She came face to face with a miracle. A miracle she never expected. She found a way to believe in what she wants through social media. It was spirituality and affirmation in what you want. She started affirming what she wanted and believe it or not, it worked. Within weeks after discovering it, her dad found an apartment near her dream high school and even got back to in-person school. He put an offer price to buy the apartment and it was accepted. Then the bank approved the purchase and she even got to see the house. She felt like she finally got her life back. She was more than proud of herself for getting through such a tough year. 


“Tough times never last but tough people do.”


She faced another minor problem in going back to school. She was always anxious before going to school in the morning and after school. She noticed that her palms sweat a lot in the morning. Her heart starts beating faster than a running horse. Her hands would start shaking. Especially the days she had gym class. She wished she could go to school without having to worry. She felt like she was trapped in a box. She almost fainted due to the fast heart beating. She was scared that someone might say something about her. This had been going for a long time but before it wasn’t as bad as it is now. Her life has faced worse but she has been facing misery for years straight. 

“Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.”


A year after March 13th, 2020. This experience has made her wiser and stronger. She has been in every worse situation a human that has been on earth for thirteen years could go through. Her sense of empathy has grown stronger than it has ever been. She is still recovering from the traumatic experience. She has dreams and is working towards them. She was able to overcome every obstacle with support from her school and friends. She was and is truly lucky to have friends who supported her through the toughest times of her life. Her friends have made the biggest changes in her life. She is lucky to go to a welcoming school with supportive teachers.  She is lucky to have a family that loves her to death. What started this story is what is going to end it but with a major change in the storyline coming soon...


  March 13th, 2021


Submitted: July 24, 2021

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