Mystic Magic: Swing of Things

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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief

     The song that has been stuck in my head as I write this article is Lorde’s “Still Sane,” specifically the verses, “I’m not in the swing of things / but what I really mean is / not in the swing of things yet.”

     It is a new year, and my last as a senior, and that is the most disturbing thing I have ever written. It is terrifying, this prospect of staring into the abyss that is the future, but one I think I am ready to do.

     I am going to be straying from my usual spooky brand in this article, mostly because I want to talk about disappointment.

     We are living in unprecedented times, at least by our standards. Yes, the 1920s had their own pandemic, and the Civil Rights Movement from the 1940s to the 1960s is similar to the Black Lives Matter movement we are seeing in the country, but they did not have access to the technology, did not have the same way of thinking about things, and generally did not have to deal with both things at the same time.

     That might be showing my ignorance, because history was never my strong suit, but I think it is safe to say that what we are dealing with is similar and very different. And in the meantime, we are expected to continue with school, work, and our daily lives.

     I just want to say, it is okay. It is okay to take a moment and mourn the experiences you will not get to have. For me, that meant my first year legally being able to drink and party with friends and family at the Church Hill Irish Festival, Richmond’s Oktoberfest, and Staunton’s Mischief and Magic festival were all taken away. Likely, these will be the last times I am able to attend, because not all of the graduate schools I am considering are in Virginia.

     There were also a lot of experiences I am going to miss as a senior, especially if school is forced to close again. I am here to tell you: it is okay to feel sad, frustrated, or angry about these things. It is okay to have emotions about having to miss these things.

     Yes, there are bigger things going on in the world we know, but you have to take time to assess your own feelings and your own personal losses, however big or small. It is an opportunity to reflect, so that you can move on to bigger and better things. Just try to keep that in mind as we go through this semester and the next.

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