Welcome to our current cyberpunk dystopic nightmare, or the year covid-19 ruined everything.What else is there right now? I was at the store this morning picking up a few perishables we needed for dinner tonight and a couple ladies outside the store were discussing how they have been quite literally everywhere in the area and there is no toilet paper to be found. Stores are limiting how much you can buy of almost everything, especially meat. If you have a large family and needed more than a package of 4 pork chops, you’re screwed. Limit one. I never thought that I would see food rationing in my lifetime, but here we are.
It is all so weird. Life has become difficult in ways we never thought could happen.
A friend and I spend several minutes a day sharing covid-19 memes and laughing. It is our way of dealing with stress. She has sent me a large number of memes similar to this one:
The thing is, this is pretty much her life. She avoids people as much as possible, and wishes she could avoid family members. Meanwhile I am over here looking for plague masks on Amazon because my sense of humour is pretty twisted. Seriously, I know what I want for my birthday.
Yes, I am that person. I would also be my luck I would run into that one person who decide to yell at me for being insensitive because the situation is not funny. Let me say this to that person, you deal with things in your way and let me deal with them in mine.
In case anyone is wondering, my favourite covid-19 meme:
On a more serious note, all my classes have been moved online. I am finding this more stressful than anything right now. My body has responded with its favourite stress response and I have a case of shingles. Insult, meet Injury. Originally online classes were only going to be for three weeks, that alone was bad enough, but now it’s until the end of the semester. I never realized how much we did in class until now. My course work has double.
Another friend of mine told me that his online classes were not that bad. I had to remind him that the online classes he took were designed to be online, mine were never meant to be done this way. It’s a huge thing to adapt to. Students are doing their best to adapt. I know that one uni friend is worried about his language class now, and I have no idea how science majors are going to do lab work. This same friend and I were also discussing how cool the virus itself looks under a microscope, like a tiny planet covered in weird trees, because we are just weird like that.
I know it’s all for the best to stop the spread of germs where more people don’t get sick, but everything is just so frustrating. Grocery stores are busy and out of everything from toilet paper to ice cream because nothing says pandemic like ice cream. Non-essential businesses have closed, schools have moved classes online or canceled classes all together. It’s even affected things like Pokemon Go. Niantic has canceled or postponed events and they have optimized the game for playing at home. That was never how the game was supposed to be played. It’s just all very surreal. I don’t even want to think how this is hitting people with anxiety. I can only imagine it’s hell. I live with someone full of nervous energy over this and I see what it’s doing to him, and in turn how crazy he making rest of the family. Turning that up to 11…I can’t even imagine.
Lastly, I have just finished two short stories for two different classes. One for Feminist Science Fiction and one for Creative Writing. Once final edits have been done I will be posting them. I’m not sure where I am going to upload them yet, it if will be my portfolio or on Wattpad. Maybe both. I was also considering posting them on Medium. I really need to find more time to submit there but I’m buried under an avalanche of course work. If I had known this was going to happen mid semester, I would not have signed up for 18 credits (6 classes).
What doesn’t kill you makes you weirder at parties…