Pulp Cottage | Teen | 5 min Read
COVID19 both easily and obviously impacts everyone in unique ways—ways that alter emotions, situations and naturally, relationships. I mention relationships with great emphasis because the quarantine caused by the coronavirus has us locked up inside and stripped away our social dynamic. Some of us, were just getting started with our new love interests!
The scenario created by this fact is incredibly harsh on many relationships, especially those of teenagers. This is true because teenagers don’t have the liberty of visiting with their significant other, which means more separation that often leads to more speculation. It’s hard to connect with our friends. How are they really doing? We like to see each other’s faces. We like to gauge their body language and facial expressions. Digital group hangout sessions are not as effective to accomplish this as real-in-person-face-time.
Everyone’s situation is different however, some teens are let out by their parents while some are not and this leads to spotty interactions. I’m fascinated at how “across the board” some parents view quarantine restrictions. I notice some parents are chill, some are extra afraid for their teens. Understandable.
Not only is this confusing but it is also deceiving at times, as many teens gather excitement leading up to a scheduled hangout with their significant other only to be denied by the rules of the opposite parents. This phenomena only adds to the seemingly bleak situation us teens are already living through. Many of us grow increasingly worried about the status of our relationships through this hard time, only a few are lucky enough to have that worry under control. Going as long as a week without seeing each other is sometimes enough to spark anxiousness and worry with many teens and perhaps severely impact their relationships as well.
This is our unfortunate truth right now. However, we must accept and surrender as we all “bunker-down” to navigate the coronavirus situation together. Bubbling to the surface is the realization that we’re all in this together.
If we endure this hardship together, it supplies us with the realization that all teens are experiencing this simultaneously. There’s an ironic comfort in that realization.
This realization allows many teens to become lenient with their partner and to show much respect upon the conclusion that they may not see each other for a while, which is at least a small comforting element. Our parents say that trust and respect is the foundation of building quality relationships. This pandemic is certainly highlighting the importance of trust and respect.
Speaking personally and from reference collected from my peers, us teens all commonly notice how little time we can spend with our significant others, regardless of our parents’ imposed restrictions. Many of my friends claim that although they have some small freedom to see their boy or girl friends, it remains drastically different and we’ve all had to wildly adapt to the pandemic.
Places to meet become restricted to each other’s homes, still maintaining 2m distancing, if that. Many date ideas are banished and impossible without putting yourself and your partner at risk. And this of course is without the parental disagreements added in, which often turn the idea of dates into fantasy, for the time being. However it is incredibly important that us teens realize that although the situation is despairing, it is not everlasting and will lead to freedom within our relationships once again. This freedom will also most likely come sooner than expected. The month of May is looking up!
To conclude, it is crucial that everyone and especially us teens, live with optimism and the knowledge that the pandemic may not last as long as expected—which will in turn will lead to precious time spent with our friends and new love interests, soon. It’s a great idea to use this time to reflect on HOW much we appreciate our special people and to perhaps conjure up new and out of this world date-plans, when this bad nightmare is over.
This piece is dedicated to my friend Sidney. I can’t wait to see you again.
Tyler Verrier is a new writer to Pulp Cottage and we are excited to welcome him to our roster of content contributors. Tyler writes about local and world-wide social interest topics from a teen perspective. In his now ample spare-time, Ty plays the drums on a space-grey DW acoustic kit and is anxious to fire up his dirt-bike this spring.
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