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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

You surprisingly did many things for me.

 

Basketball courts, which I normally spent half of every single day at, were closed. Every day was filled with nothingness and I had tons of free time.

 

Without the burden of having to travel to and from school, more of my time was freed up, especially since i was able to wake up 10 minutes before lessons. I did all my school work ahead of the classes and I could improve my technical skills greatly through many competitions and lessons.

You gave many people, including myself, many opportunities to upskill themselves but you have also caused an insurmountable amount of pain around the world.

You are a menace but in some ways a blessing in disguise.

 

During the very dark and boring days of staying at home with nothing to do, I decided, hey, why not take up tons of roles in Cyber Youth Singapore? So that’s exactly what I did. I joined a few different departments, which gave me many opportunities to build up both my technical and soft skills.

 

However, as time passed, being unable to play the sports I love with my friends was really depressing. I was also restricted from training at home due to fears of causing neighbourhood noise pollution, making the circuit breaker harder to get through.

 

Finally after about 2 months, safe reopening has started and the time management skills I had learnt during the quarantine are really coming in handy. Being able to go out and play basketball and volleyball has been fun but the school workload still remains constant. The new normal for me is having to plan every hour of every day.

 

However, I am grateful for every opportunity I’ve had so far and the relationships I formed through the circuit breaker. It gave me the chance to learn from my seniors and also give back by teaching my juniors. My future plans have not changed and I’m still working hard towards creating a bright future for my family and hopefully, society, too.

 

You gave many people, including myself, many opportunities to upskill themselves but you have also caused an insurmountable amount of pain around the world. Hopefully people make the best out of this rough situation and improve as a whole community.

Gabriel Seet

29 Jun 2020