58 Things to Appreciate Now and Look Forward to Later

By Ana Downes

It is undeniable that this year has been difficult. Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have been tested on our resilience and our ability to stay optimistic despite bleak circumstances. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, over 50% of Canadian residents reported worsening mental health since the beginning of the pandemic.

For over a year, we have been constantly bombarded with negative headlines surrounding COVID-19. We have watched as the numbers of people falling ill have skyrocketed, our economy has taken a devastating hit, and virtually every aspect of our lives has been altered significantly. 

It is important to remember, however, that this is temporary. As much as it may feel as though we are stuck in this situation forever, this pandemic will eventually become but a milestone of history and our lives will return to some degree of ‘normalcy’. Until then, we must continue to do our part to prevent transmission, stay safe and very importantly, stay positive and optimistic. Even in the darkest of circumstances, there is always hope. You know what they say – the rainbow always appears after the storm. To veer away from all of the negativity we have been experiencing, I have compiled a list of 58 (seemingly small but significant) things to appreciate now and look forward to when normal life returns – one reason for every week we have spent in quarantine.

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Tell Us What You Are Most Excited To Do When The Pandemic Ends

We asked some of our readers to tell us what they are most excited to do once the pandemic ends. Here is what they said:

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Rom-com Recommendations

By Safia Osoble

What is a rom-com? Rom-com is a genre of light-hearted stories which blend romance and comedy.

Personally, I enjoy watching rom-coms. In fact, it is one of my all-time favorite genres. I feel that this time of year is best for watching them, so here are some of my top picks, in no specific order (I love all of these!) *

* all synopses were found by Google Search

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Expand Your Vocabulary: Words and Expressions of 2020

By Natasha Kangrga

“What day is it? Is my mask giving me acne? Why do I keep scrolling through these awful events even though it makes me feel bad?” may be questions you’ve asked yourself over the wonderful year of 2020. At the time, they were just questions, but are you aware that these experiences are now actual definitions for words?

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Top 10 Best Halloween Candy — Ranked By Me (Whose Opinion Is Infinitely More Valid Than Yours, Therefore I Am 100% Correct)

By Lia Marchione

Halloween: the most iconic time of the year, and the only day of the year where taking candy from strangers is an acceptable activity to take part in. This year, the day of spooks and candy falls on a Saturday, which adds to the beautiful irony that is the year 2020. Of course, the best part of Halloween isn’t spending time with your friends or dressing up, although those are great. It also isn’t walking kilometers around your neighborhood peering judgmentally at people’s houses to see if they will grace you with the one thing everyone is actually here for. The best part is the candy.

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How to Beat the Weather Without Breaking the Bank

By Jasmine Miljure

No one likes to be stuck inside because of bad weather (well, almost no one). What’s even worse, is when you’ve got nothing to do. This seems to be a problem especially when bad days come one after the other and you find yourself running out of ideas as to how you’ll waste time. Well, here’s a few ideas for what to do when being outside isn’t much of an option. All of which are costless or pretty cheap if you pull your cards right.

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The Get Down- Music, Youth, Hope.

With all the hype Stranger Things received this summer, it was hard to notice any other Netflix Original Series that were released around the same time. This is definitely the case for Netflix’s phenomenal, but significantly less popular show, The Get Down, a six episode series created by “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann. Netflix has become not just a widely popular streaming server, but … Continue reading The Get Down- Music, Youth, Hope.