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The Quarantine Diaries: Entries From My Journal.

2020 started off as what we all thought was going to be THE best year of our lives.

That isn't the case for many.

I have written a collection of articles from April to December of my days as a seventeen-year-old in quarantine. Living through a pandemic during junior & senior year of high school is a rollercoaster of emotions. These articles are my feelings, opinions, and perspectives on life in quarantine. I have my good days as well as my bad. But no matter what I make sure to sit down and reflect on everything I've been blessed with. It's okay to feel happy and sad during these chaotic times.

I present to you...The Quarantine Diaries.

Article One:

April 2nd, 2020

By Ava Madison

Quarantine…where do I begin?

Let me start off by saying I love it. Yes, I love staying completely isolated from the rest of humanity all day. I know what you’re thinking, don’t you miss your friends Ava? Well of course I do…that’s why face time was invented.

During this extension of downtime I’ve been rather productive writing articles for my blog, binge-watching golden star teenage dramas, having John Hughes marathons, and spending time with the people who matter the most to me.

I’ve gotten to spend more time resting, one of my favorite activities. I’m always going! Go, go, go! Whether it's working my butt off making a playbills and posters for my theatre troupe, or writing copy, capturing memories that are made in the halls of my high school, or trying to master my academic skills, it all takes blood, sweat, tears, passion, and pride to succeed in every category. When I make a commitment to something I give it my EVERYTHING. And that's all I’ve done these last two semesters of my junior year, and above all that, things in my personal life were sometimes rocky…and instead of tending to those issues, I put business first. Because that’s who I am…a champion. Champions deserve downtime. I’ve enjoyed being reminded of the things I love and why I love them. One of them being writing. I love to write! And I hadn't written a single article for my blog since December. You should never have to stop doing something you love. Another thing I’ve done is spent time with my family. I felt like I was paying more attention to my friends than the people who have never let me down, those wonderful people... my family.

I think the only time I actually got to have five minutes of conversation with my parents was when they dropped me off and picked me up from school…and sometimes that wouldn’t be till 3:00 pm or 8:00 pm. That was due to tutoring, endless nights of projects and homework, or being at rehearsal for theatre. And when we were able to talk they weren’t seeing the best version of their daughter because she was stressed, exhausted, or busy.

There’s always something going on in everyone’s life.

I hate the circumstances that the whole world is facing right now but I think each and every single one of us has been given the chance we needed. The chance to reconnect with our loved ones, have a meaningful conversation with friends,(not including stupid gossip), fall deeply in love with a book, dance like no one is watching, stay up till three in the morning to binge your favorite show, laugh like we did when we were young, and recognize ourselves again.

I don’t know about you but this is the most alive I’ve felt all year.

So how would I describe my quarantine?

I have one word to sum it all up…



Article Two


By Ava Madison

I hope everyone is doing well during these interesting times. Please stay positive, happy, and continue to radiate good vibes only through these next couple of months!

While in quarantine, I’ve found myself being alone with my thoughts more than usual. Another thing I’ve discovered that is quite puzzling is my struggle to fall into a deep slumber when the sun goes down. I’ve tried lavender, soothing music, reading, writing, and nothing, absolutely nothing is putting me to sleep. I hope to find a solution soon. Besides that, let me tell you how I'm feeling.

I feel very very blessed and thankful. I’m thankful to be under the roof of my beautiful home with my wonderful family. A lot of people have mixed feelings about this quarantine and social distancing. While some people think it’s useless and horrid I find it much needed…not just for myself but the entire world. I’m not a fan of the global pandemic that has caused this change of living to civilization but this quarantine was needed.

I hope people step away from the pandemic as better people.

I hope we appreciate everyone and everything near and dear to us just a little more than we did before this apocalyptic like event. I hope you tell your parents thank you and that you're their number one fans, I hope siblings grow closer instead of drifting apart, I hope spouses will treat each other with respect and make time for one another, I hope kids enjoy the experiences they will only enjoy while young, I hope friends will be more excited to see one another on a daily basis because you never know when that could stop. I want teachers to ease up on their students instead of making them feel like it’s the end of the world if they turn in an assignment late, or get a question wrong on a test. I want teenagers to know the future is so bright for not one…but all of us, and I want the people of this beautiful world we live in to stop judging one another by skin color, religion, sexuality, gender, strengths, weaknesses, but our true character.

We are all equal. I mean aren’t we all in quarantine? That’s what I thought.

Life is just too sweet and short to only focus on the lows…you'll sometimes miss the highs that way.

While in quarantine have you regretted something you said to a person....or maybe didn’t say?

Have you wished you could take one little thing back?

Use this as a learning experience.

The next time you want to say

something to a person say it!