Life in isolation

By: Aina Humayoon

A year ago I would never have thought that I would be stuck in lockdown forbidden to go out of the house. Whe I think of distractions or try to be productive I remember what the point of trying to distract myself is; if this is the new normal?
You have no school to go to, no contact with anyone outside the family, you feel lost like you don’t know where you stand in the world. The very rare times where I did get to go on a walk the few people that I did see we’re moving aside. I can’t blame them. It’s something you don’t take with you but you bring back. The awareness that it’s there makes everyone afraid – it may not be as bad as we think but everyone is definitely conscious of the consequences of just going out of the house. Social skills was something I was just slightly starting to get the hang of, however now socialising is something of the past not here in the present.
This virus shows that we can overcome things not just as a country or continent but as a world. With everything on hold we are getting much more time to think about the past, the joyful moments, the horrible moments – it was all part of life. Everyday the number of deaths rise and I don’t want to know how many, and that goes to show that this virus is serious and that we do need to stay safe at home. It won’t just suddenly change back to normal; I’m devastated myself as our year 6 residential trip will probably be cancelled, but it is for our own safety.
I was also supposed to have my 11+ test in September but they will either have to delay it or find another way to do the test. In just a couple of months so much has happened to the world; I thought it was just going to be a normal year but I was obviously wrong. This experience shows us how lucky we are to have family and I don’t literally mean the people you live with I mean everyone you care for and everyone who cares for you.
Have we ever thought that there might be some people in the world who don’t have family or friends, nobody to care for them? Well I sure haven’t until now. The question going over and over in my head is what will happen when everything opens again and we’re allowed back at school? Would we have forgotten what normal life was like? because I’m pretty certain that life won’t go straight back to normal in just a second.
The thoughts we have now is something we wouldn’t have the to think about in our daily lives, swimming one day drama the next, now I feel like I’m too bored and that there’s too much time. I don’t know what to do with all this time – sure I still have school just online and I do some extra prep for my 11+ test, but you still feel empty like your restless of being at home it’s like the stating if you say it you can do it but now everything you say can’t be done. I purposely take longer doing my work so I can take up more time but it still feels like a really long day with nothing to do.
From nearly a club everyday I have gone to no going out of the house unless it’s an emergency. Sometimes, just for a second I think to make an emergency happen but after that second’s done I know it is wrong. Others may have a different opinion but I think that if the coronavirus outbreak is life threatening then in a few years climate change could start affecting humans and be life threatening to us, but we have time to change that but I know we didn’t with the coronavirus outbreak. If we put the work in we could prevent global warming and climate change from happening. If we don’t start acting now then it will be sudden as well. We are united this is something that has hit us, but we can push back.

About the Writer:
Aina Humayoon studies at Francis Baily Primary school, London in year 5. She has written a number of articles and poems were published through young writers.
Aina is also an editor for her school newspaper besides managing her own website where she writes about climate change.