Opinion

ETHAN NICKEL

My Nickel’s Worth

Being in this quarantine has allowed me to reflect on the things we have always taken for granted like buying toilet paper, attending church, or celebrating a high school graduation. I never appreciated visiting friends, going to a restaurant to eat a meal, or the ability to attend a class in person. I didn’t appreciate the right to go to work or visit a loved one in a nursing home. I failed to realize that so many freedoms were wonderful, everyday things I took for granted. Medical procedures (non-emergency) and dental appointments were a luxury we cannot enjoy right now. Watching a live sporting event, while fun, was not something I truly appreciated. I will never take for granted being able to watch sporting events throughout the entire year ever again. Being able to come home and watch the NCAA basketball tournament or watch the beginning of the Major League Baseball season… which would be under way if under normal circumstances. The beginning of April usually represents the beginning of the NBA postseason as well. I am such a massive sports fan, and this has definitely changed my perspective even more so on the things that are part of our normal routines that we currently do not get to enjoy. The worst part is not knowing when this pandemic will reach its conclusion. Each of us are already looking towards the future, but a future that is completely up in the air for everyone.

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My Nickel’s Worth

By nature, I am a rule follower. I don’t think of laws as suggestions, I actually follow them. I wear my seatbelt. I don’t speed. I don’t run yellow lights. My fiancee calls me grandpa because I drive so slow.

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