From the Editor's Desk

From the Editor’s Desk: When the Going Gets Tough, Think of Something Else

Mary Norkol | The PhoenixFamily FaceTime is just one of the many necessary distractions in my quarantined life.

I’m not the only one who’s been down in the dumps lately.

Whether it’s the general state of the world as it faces the COVID-19 pandemic, the daunting uncertainty of a tumbling economy or just plain boredom, everyone seems to have a cloud hanging over their heads.

Which is why I’m really, really excited for this to all be over.

I know I’m not alone in that either.

In between episodes of “Gossip Girl” (since, apparently, I’m the only person in the world who didn’t watch it in high school) and trying my hand at making my own recipes, I like to entertain the thought of normal life.

Remember bars? Those were fun. Baseball games? What a concept! Even going to class seems like it could make me feel overstimulated with so many people to talk to.

I’m caught between feeling insensitive about my fantasizing over all the things we’ll do when the curve has been flattened and letting myself relish in the hopefulness. On one hand, I should feel grateful that my loved ones have been untouched by the disease thus far. And I am. But I, like everyone, am facing great uncertainty. And sometimes it helps to let visions of days without social distancing dance in my head.

I long for the days when coronavirus doesn’t dominate every conversation. In fact, I’ve learned that it really, really helps to talk about something else. A few days ago, I was forced to uproot the FaceTime conversation with my family and change the subject to anything but COVID-19.

When all of this is over, I can’t wait to sit at a coffee shop and make conversation with other people studying, reading or working.

I can’t wait to ride the CTA in all its glory.

I can’t wait to see my family — and, here’s the kicker, hug them!

I can’t wait to have interviews in person and meet with coworkers in the same room.

It’s crazy how these mundane things seem like my greatest wish right now. Who knew I’d be grateful for things like bumping into a stranger or riding in an elevator?

When all of this is over, we’ll all take note of those things. And I hope we all appreciate them a little more.

But until then, just stay home.

This week, our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic continues in the News section with a report on how international students have been impacted. The Sports section includes a profile on a student-athlete turned videographer.

A&E includes a review of The Strokes’ new album and The Phoenix Editorial Board demands more from Loyola’s administration in the Opinion section.

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