During weeks of quarantining with a teen and a pre-teen, I’ve often been touched by how my daughters seem to be coping. I certainly feel worried about them and sorry for them, but also proud. They’re adapting to online school; they’re missing friends and activities but staying fairly positive.
I think about two of my nieces, seniors in high school, and all the graduates who were meant to take the stage this spring. I think of the athletes who lost a season, of the actors who lost a show, of every student who walked out of school in March, lives abruptly and perhaps forever changed.
Another niece, Alice Regan, has already faced enormous challenges. A former Loyola soccer player, Alice was diagnosed with anorexia and had to leave school and stop playing the sport that she loved. She’d spent a good deal of time recovering and had transferred to Boulder, but now, like many college students, she’s at home, finishing her degree virtually.
Alice has started a blog and an Instagram account, something she’s been wanting to do. She’s used this time to write, cook, photograph, and create, hoping to share some of what she’s learned about living authentically and colorfully.
Life may be forever changed, but maybe these resilient young people are changing it for the better.