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A Change of Plans

By Ziggie

The advent of Covid-19 impacts us all. Regular day to day activities have changed, and I don’t think anyone is used to this type of life. Stores now have mask orders, and Police enforce social distancing protocols. Looking back, it was only a few months ago when things were normal. Now things are drastically different. My heart goes out to anyone who has been impacted by this virus. And I hope that it’s remedied sooner rather than later. This month I would like to talk about plans that I’ve had and the changes I had to make to adjust them in this pandemic. 

For the past several months, I’ve thought at length about what I wanted to do with my future. Going back to school was something that I decided to do. For me, it’s not as simple as attending community college and choosing a few classes. I like to plan things out and assess and predict the results of the actions that I can take. That means looking at other universities to see if they have a credit-transfer agreement with individual schools, costs, and support for students with ASD. Visting a school to get a feel for the campus is also important. Just as I was getting ready to visit schools, Covid-19 locked things down. Most schools have an online learning component, so while I considered that option, I’m someone who needs to sit in a physical classroom to absorb the material. I’ve also found that most schools don’t have the infrastructure to facilitate online learning without compromises. While it is disappointing that my educational prospects will be delayed, I understand the gravity of the situation that we find ourselves in and will continue to hunker down at home. 

Another goal that I’ve been working on is getting healthier. Gaining weight applies to a variety of factors. Now that I’m at home more often than not, it’s easy for me to eat junk food and not exercise like I used to. What’ve I’ve done to address this is getting a pair of Bluetooth headphones and following exercise videos on YouTube. While I can’t do anything too intense in my apartment, I’ve been able to adopt a regime that gets me up and moving. In addition to exercise, I now use an app that logs the food I eat for the day. That makes it easy to see how many calories I’ve eaten so I can better manage my food intake. Diet and exercise can be strict in general, so I also understand that I can’t be too critical of myself when I considered how life-changing the outbreak has been. 

My heart goes out to anyone who has been impacted by Covid-19. Things in my own life have changed, but with time things will go back to normal eventually. Life has a way of altering your plans or goals, but if you remain focused, accomplishments will be made, and you will find success. Patience is a virtue. 

I hope that everyone can stay healthy. Thanks again for taking the time to read this blog. I do appreciate it.