Letter to the Editor

Every decision you make will affect those around you

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dear Editor of the Spencer Daily Reporter,

Life is hard right now. That is a fact and a very hard pill to swallow. As a 2020 high school senior myself, I have heard from everyone how badly they feel for me. It is true that I have worked extremely hard for four years, staying up into the early morning hours studying and finishing English papers. It is true that I have dreamed of walking across that stage and accepting my diploma, a moment that would make all of the hard work worth it. It is true that I have imagined

taking my final bow on the auditorium stage, dancing at my senior prom and taking in every last sentimental senior moment before walking out of Spencer High School as a student for the last time. However, no matter how important we have built these moments up to be, nothing is more

important than the health and safety of the people around us. People may feel badly for myself and the rest of my classmates, but I feel bad for those fighting for their lives all across the country and the world. We can determine what the most important moments in our lives are. We are not the class of COVID-19. We are a class of love and support. Our most important moments are yet to come.

It is no secret that the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected and changed every aspect of life.

Certainly no one imagined we would be living in times such as these, but that means we need to be realistic. No quick visit to a friend’s house or hug at the grocery store is worth the risk it poses to yourself, our community, our country and our world.

While some will continue to protest government restrictions, we must remind ourselves that these restrictions are preventing something much worse. No one wants COVID-19 to come back with a second wave bigger than the first. The effects may seem extreme right now, but they can only get worse if we disregard the precautions that are keeping us safe.

You may say, I am just one person. It won’t do anything if I go and hang out with my friend for one night. Newsflash. It does matter. You are not an exception. Every person must take responsibility for their actions. Each time a person breaks social distancing guidelines for a “quick little trip,” it becomes harder and harder to put life back on track. We may be losing time with loved ones and our monumental moments, but there are those losing much more.

A few days ago I returned my textbooks, picked up my graduation cap, and received a letter I wrote in eighth grade addressed to my future self. It was full of wit and some great advice. One piece in particular deserves to be heard. “Every decision you make, no matter how large or small, can and will affect the rest of your life. Just be careful of your decisions.” I would change only one thing. Every decision you make will affect those around you as well. It is OK to grieve, but it is not OK to put yourself and others at risk. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

— Natalie Kroll, Spencer