Coping with illness

A slightly handsomer version of me, shown above, portraying what contemplating life looks like while on the brink of death.

A slightly handsomer version of me, shown above, portraying what contemplating life looks like while on the brink of death.

Patrick Roghaar, Copy Editor

As we all know we are still in quarantine, relatively. Florida has just recently made a push to open their beaches and restaurants to an extent, still following social distancing guidelines and keeping in small groups. This means that all the teens are back on the streets again, partying it up at the beach, jumping off things, and cruising around town with the windows down, Malibu style. Throughout the past few weeks, I have been awfully sick with an ear infection and God knows what else. I was on full lockdown in my room. I felt 100 years old taking my daily dose of pills and medicine. And now, at the time I am writing this, I am all cured and feeling like a million bucks. My parents, however, remain extremely cautious throughout the time and I guess just want me to rot.

My weeks of illness I did feel like death. I thought I was on my death bed. I could barely swallow because my throat was heavily swollen. I assumed these would be my final hours. In an attempt to pass the time, I did what every teenager would do and watched as many Netflix shows and episodes that I could.  I cured miraculously, however, and after getting a glimpse of what death was like I figure it is best to live life to the fullest while I still can. This means living in the moment, having more fun than ever, going out, trying new things, and having a more positive outlook on things. Because in this time, and the world has proven it time and time again, anything is possible.

I look outside my window and wonder what is on the other side of this glass, and what possibilities it may hold. Will I ever be let outside of this room? Will I ever see the friends I know and love ever again? Or is this just another Rapunzel story, and I need to grow out my hair.