How I Relived a Year in Six Painful Days

Mudiwa Mungoshi – Viewpoints Editor

Was I sure I wanted to buy those crochet hooks and knitting needles? And what about the
yoga mat? Maybe I also wanted to buy some hair gel and other items I knew I would
definitely not need once I escaped the four walls of my room that had become my isolation nation. I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. In the six days that would follow, I experienced the equivalent of a year of quarantine. Remember how 2020 began? With all those Happy New Year messages and “20/20 vision” memes? Well, that’s essentially how I began my semester. And then came along the pandemic that began as ‘nothing to stress over,’ only to turn into the reason we all took up Fortnite dancing as a career. So, here I was, stuck in my room alone. The first day was easy-I felt like a pro. What could the next six days show me that I didn’t already know? Nothing. So, I breezed through it. I emailed my professors, did what work I could, arranged my room, and made appointments for Microsoft Teams meetings with various people. I was unstoppable. The second and third days moved in the same way. And then came day four, or three, depending on how you count. I woke up at 7:30 a.m., and went back to sleep at 8:00 a.m. I woke up again at noon and decided I wanted to knit. It had been seven years since the last time I had knit anything at all, but here I was. Not only that, I was convinced I could knit myself a scarf in one day. I also decided to continue crocheting a blanket I have been working on for over a year now. Safe to say I made a lot of interesting decisions that day. And I paced. I paced my room at least 500 times. I began to feel so incredibly antsy… so apart from the world that was Wooster. In many ways, this made me glad. Ultimately, though, it had me suffering at the thought of not being able to ask my friends to grab a meal, or not being able to ask a professor a question in class about
something I didn’t understand. Looking back, I also reconnected with myself. Parts of Mudiwa I hadn’t checked in with in a very long time be- came familiar to myself once more. And I realized how much we take for granted. Even though life can be a maelstrom of madness, it’s nice to have people near when we need it most. And sometimes I do need that. So to anyone in isolation or quarantine, I hope you find yours.

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