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The Small Things in Life

Ever since we had to leave campus in response to the covid-19 pandemic, I feel like everything has changed. A mask and gloves are required to leave the house, dining inside restaurants is no longer an option, and hanging out with friends just means talking to a screen.

Recently, I have been reminiscing a lot about the time before the pandemic. At one point, I realized that I have been taking so many things for granted. One of these things is being able to hug a friend- “air-hugs” from 6 feet away don’t count.

To me, hugs represent acts of care that create feelings of comfort and trust between people. If someone asked me just a few months ago what hugs represent, I probably would’ve just answered with “kindness” or some other general term. Only after social distancing made it impossible to hug my friends did I realize that hugs meant more than just a single word.

As much as the pandemic has rendered our definition of a normal life obsolete, I think it gives us an opportunity to think about the small things in life that we often take for granted. By finding more value in the small things in life and cherishing them, I believe we will be able to deepen the relationships we have with our friends, our family, ourselves, nature, and ultimately, God.

Stella Lee is a first-year with no idea what she’ll be concentrating in, and she wrote this post all the way from Irvine, California!

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