Well it seems as though we will be talking about COVID-19 for a while now. I still don’t believe it’s a good idea to panic and I think that the many closures, cancellations and other similar measures that have been taken will hopefully allow things to go back to normal as soon as possible. At the end of the day, our health is most important and the world should be able to appreciate the efforts being taken to keep everyone safe.
While I’m sure many people were shocked and saddened to hear about the cancellation of the major events and national sports seasons that they were looking forward to, I think it hits you in a different way when it affects your life personally.
This past Thursday while I was on the ice coaching, we had about 15 minutes left in practice when I had found out that Hockey Canada was cancelling all sanctioned events — practices, games, tournaments and everything in between. The team I’m coaching wasn’t doing anything too serious at practice, we were missing many kids who were on vacation and we weren’t preparing for any games. But when you find out that your season is over and it is completely out of your control, the end just hits you differently. I’m sure for many athletes all over the world, the cancellations mean they no longer get to compete for their school, they lose their last shot at a championship, they lose their final season with their teammates. It’s unimaginable.
On Friday, when Brock announced the suspension of face-to-face classes and exams for the remainder of the winter term, it took me a while before I realized this is it, I won’t have another class at Brock. I won’t go into Gym 2 for a gymnastics class, I won’t go into Academic South for sports psychology, it’s all over. Yes, classes are going online and it is great that we live in a world where we can continue our courses. Nonetheless, it was a bit hard to accept the reality that, in yet another area of life, something ended that was completely out of my control.
I despise when people say, ‘I hate school’ or when I ask my players how their day was and what they learned and their response is, ‘nothing’. If you haven’t realized it by now, we are all extremely lucky and privileged to have access to education. We are lucky to have the ability to work, have the ability to participate in sports — whether on teams at a university level, youth sports, or even intramurals. It is not a right, it is a privilege, and we’re all lucky to have so many of the things we have.
Whenever we do get to resume life as usual let’s all be much more grateful for what we have. Do not take for granted the opportunity to go to class and learn from teachers or professors. Do not take for granted the simple things in life that you love doing. Do not take for granted the people who you get to spend time with, or the opportunity to be out and about and interact with others. Just because it’s part of your routine doesn’t mean it isn’t special.