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My friend called me yesterday, to tell me he’s going back to work. I was stunned, with all of this going on I’ve been away from social media and the news so it took me by surprise. He then asked if I wanted to play a board game this weekend, I said no but I had almost said yes. Which also surprised me.

I then realized that there may be an end in sight, and not only did it bring me joy but it also brought me a strange, weird realization. We’ve seen how people reacted to crisis, how will they react to it being gone?

I felt it only right to make an antithesis to our “no new normal” article. It seems that we’ve handled crisis relatively well, all things considered. Now, we have to deal with something just as dangerous, which is the transition back to regular life.

People think it'll be easy, but that’s where I disagree. I think it’ll be just as hard because we’ve spent time getting used to all this. We’ve spent time on zoom meetings, and had birthday parties over skype, and did all of our schoolwork online.

Right when we’re just getting used to it, it all changes. We can now go back to the way we were, save a few key differences. But why should we? Why should we have meetings when we’ve had emails, or why should we go back to destroying the environment when we’ve seen just how much this has saved it? I’m the conservative columnist, so it’s assumed the environment doesn’t matter to me but it’s actually one of the things I’m most passionate about.

Nature and the love of it has driven my choices on more than one occasion. With this pandemic, I’ve actually gotten back to that, that love. With my garden — detailed in a different article — I got to get back into the earth and why I care so much about it. The silver lining of this entire thing has been the repair to our great earth. We’ve stopped practically everything, and the result is overwhelming.

Every article I read is either about the environmental effect or the economic effect of the virus, and I can’t help but think that we can continue this. Part of the problem with environmental agendas beforehand was the impossible task in front of us. Why get a recycling bin, when a treatment plant can do 400 times the effect in a few minutes? Why use a bike when a car is easier?

These questions are daunting, so we don’t do them. Until we’re forced to. Like we are now, and we see that it’s doable. It’s attainable and it doesn’t kill us to do so. It’s inspiring, really. And the best hope that I have is that it’s inspired you all as much as it’s inspired me. Hopefully, now that we see repairs can be done, we can put a greater focus on seeing it through.

I don’t mean to seem like I’m ranting or fulfilling a personal agenda, I just want us to look on the brightside. I’m honestly tired of writing about the coronavirus and its devastating effect, and think now that the curve looks like it's flattening, we should start the recovery process. But, always, learn from it. We’ll see you next semester.

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