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Facing the New Year with COVID

By: Savannah Ashley
January 1, 2021

From my adolescent perspective, this year was without a doubt a roller coaster. Need I go over what happened? I think not. Although everybody expects the New Year to be better than the last, how are we sure? What makes everybody think so? Needless to say that we are entering this New Year with Covid, unless some drastic changes happen. How do we accept the fact that our year is going to start with the unwanted virus?

Personally, as a teen I’m just going to stick to what I have been for the past year. And even though I’ve become tired of facing the same dirty business every day, I’m going to just go with the flow because as the saying goes, there is a light at the end of every tunnel. 

Between binging movies, and long mountain bike rides, I find myself missing my friends and hoping for all of this to be over. Sadly, hoping isn’t going to do anybody any good. We just have to take it day by day and appreciate all that we have. We are lucky here in the U.S. because most of us have a roof over our head and most of us have the opportunity to hang back and relax on the couch. With this being said, life has obviously been different, but hey, at least when we think of all that we have, we see the good in the world. Let’s not think about what we’ve lost, or what we wish we had because at this point in time, cherishing what we do have, and all of the good people in our lives, makes it all worth it in the end.

Remember how at the beginning of all this, people were hoarding toilet paper? And how others were using pot lids and even watermelons as masks? Remember how individuals in Italy were standing on their balconies singing away into the night sky? Yes, this year has been more than just odd, but a lot of good has come out of this 2020 year. It was an adventure to say the least, and not the type where you find a beautiful species of bird, but the kind where you find deadly butterflies lurching around in the darkness.

Even though as individuals it doesn’t feel like we can do much on our own, we can be the person who wears the mask the right way. The one who sets an example for everybody else, WE can BE the difference and set the standards for others, because we are supposed to be here for others and not just ourselves. By the looks of it many people want this virus to get going, but in order to do that we have to make sure we are providing what we can to help slow the spread. 

Happy New Year everybody, don’t forget to be the difference in each other’s lives. Mask up and stay safe out there. Email me at with your thoughts and opinions.


Savannah Ashley is a local middle schooler who has an enthusiasm for mountain biking, rock climbing, writing, art, science, sports, and animals. One day she hopes to be a forensic scientist. She started writing for the local newspaper to spark an interest in the minds of adolescents. She has taken part in 4-H for a total of 5 years in the past. She knows what loss feels like, and she can accept it. You can expect articles that include news and any other information broken down in a way to make parents more comfortable to let their kids read. She hopes for you, and other readers to enjoy what she has to offer, and that you share her articles with those who may be interested. You can contact her at with questions or comments at: