This has been an especially interesting year in the worst way possible. Bad thing after bad thing took place leaving many of us feeling sad and defeated. Practically everyone looked for the holidays to make up for all the bad that happened, but it didn’t quite work out that way. The holidays weren’t that great and they just didn’t feel the same.
Thanksgiving was canceled this year due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country. This really made it hit home that COVID-19 was still alive and well and preventing things from going back to “normal”. It was already difficult enough to not be able to be with family all throughout the year, but it’s even worse to not be able to be with your family on a holiday that’s practically all about being with loved ones.
Christmas was canceled by default because COVID cases were still increasing from the increase that came around Thanksgiving. I noticed that a lot of people tried their hardest to get into the Christmas spirit to forget about all of the negative that this year gave us. All the shelves at stores that contained Christmas decorations were completely wiped out. I, on the other hand, wasn’t in the spirit at all. I’m one of those people that pull out the decorations and listen to Christmas music on November 1st, but this year I just wasn’t feeling it. A lot of my friends and family were feeling the same way, mostly because we couldn’t gather with family and loved ones like we typically do. The vibes and energy just weren’t there for 2020.
I can honestly say that this was the most different and depressing holiday season that I’ve ever had. COVID-19 plaguing the world put a damper on the holiday spirit and prevented all of the fun that we should’ve been having. Let’s face it, it’s easy to let depression get the best of us during times like this. That’s why it’s important to be proactive. If you or someone you know has a lingering feeling of depression, sadness or hopelessness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Illinois for resources that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Let’s hope that next year things are different, in a good way, and we get to return to our regularly scheduled holiday season festivities.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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