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    Coping during Coronavirus
    Posted on 04/08/2020
    George Olebar
    Calling upon my ancestors
    George Olebar, 20, is a senior at SW Interagency Academy in Seattle.

    In my native Haida culture, there's an initiation into adulthood. A boy goes on a journey alone and doesn't return to his village until he matures. In a sense, I took that journey when I was 16 and walked away from school. I disappeared for about two years from my teachers, from my family. I wanted to learn on my own. I wanted to figure out for myself who I was, and what’s important to me.

    Then, at 19, I returned to high school. I realized I needed my diploma to transition fully to adulthood. I re-enrolled at Interagency Academy, an alternative school in Seattle that lets students finish at their own pace. I knew I needed to enlist people who would help me achieve my goals, like my Uncle Al.

    Before the pandemic, Al and I went to the gym four times a week. It gave me stability. I do better when I can exercise. Without the movement, it’s hard to stay in that school chair. If I know I’m going to the gym later, my body doesn’t scream at me to move. I’m not antsy because I’m conserving energy for the gym.

    Now, going to the gym has been deemed unessential. My routine has been shattered. I was just getting back on track after the disruption of midwinter break. I’d developed a graduation plan with my adviser, and my workouts with Uncle Al were keeping me focused.

    Ultimately, I’ve had to remind myself of lessons I learned during my time on my own: Time doesn’t stop. The sun will rise regardless of how I feel. Procrastination is my enemy. I need to call upon my ancestors to inspire me out of bed each morning and into a healthy daily routine. A routine that will lead me to graduation.

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