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Maintaining motivation has become an increasing challenge for many of us slogging through life curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.  From the endless pressures of school, work, politics, and social life- this arduous struggle to return to normalcy seems as though it may never truly end.  As these days and weeks continue to slowly morph into months of social distancing, it is essential to take time to give yourself credit and self-reflect.  Just think you are living through a monumental time in history; it is perfectly okay to feel anxious and overwhelmed.

It is so incredibly easy to believe you have no control right now.  With our world being turned completely upside down in a matter of weeks, it is no surprise that we may feel the anxiety building up, taking control of our emotions and abilities to remain present in the moment.  If anything, this pandemic has made me realize that everything in this crazy life we live in is temporary.  The face of this pandemic has challenged the things we hold at the center of our worlds- work, school, social gatherings- but yet we continue to adapt and evolve.  I can personally say the pandemic made me stop doing and start being for the first time in years.  Our society has programmed us to be doers, performers, over-achievers, but at what cost?  Yes, getting good grades and reaching for that promotion may seem to be the crucial thing in your life right now, but never allow these things to come before you and your needs.  Though it may seem like everyone has recovered from the effects of the pandemic and is continuing on with ease, I can assure you that everyone is struggling in one way or another- whether we can see it or not.

So never doubt your strength: Your mind holds more than your arms could ever bear.  Sometimes things fall apart and life takes a turn to show us what really matters.  When the covid blues got you down, try and remember, you are still here, you are still going, and that is the most important thing.  

Keep going.

Megan Swezey

Stonehill '24

Meg is currently a sophmore at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Aside from writing, she has equal obsessions with dancing, hiking, sushi, jean jackets, Spotify playlists, and her two cute pups. Peace out!
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