How Social Distance Made Us Closer

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They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

In the blink of an eye, we all lost parts of our lives that we somehow believed would always be there: good health, tight hugs, college experiences, car rides with friends, holding hands, crowded bars, and even the freedom to walk out the door without having to put on a face mask. The age of social distance and these uncertain times have hinted at a glimpse into some of my worst fears, and the saddest part of it all is that so many other people are currently living in fear, too. With the thousands of lives lost due to coronavirus, I only feel lucky enough to say I have my family around me.

Moving away to college caused me to slowly grow apart from my older sister over the years, and my mother soon felt like I didn’t need her guidance anymore.

I quickly used being socially distanced as a way to renew my close relationship with my sister, and at the same time, I realized that, no matter how old or independent I become, I will forever need my mother.

Since we’ve been quarantined, the three of us started weekly family game nights and now eat dinner together at the table, something that used to happen only on Thanksgiving. I find myself staying up later than usual, catching up on family gossip with my sister, or crying on my mother’s shoulder because of the mountain of job-rejection emails in my inbox.

Although it’s just the three of us and the world may seem like it’s crashing down, I don’t know what I would do without them.

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Family

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Claribel Rivas

Claribel is a social media manager in the Washington D.C. area who incorporates her cultural influences into her creative content. See Full Bio

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