My Venti Caramel Frappuccino Nightmare

April 24 2020 Emily Scally Transition Year

It is very safe to say that the coronavirus COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, infecting every single news outlet, social media platform and appearing on nearly every single newspaper headline. It often seems strange to think that just two months ago, we were living in sweet, ignorant bliss, going about our day. “Everything was normal”, they say, shops were still open, gyms, restaurants and schools were still operating their daily schedule.

It felt weird hearing that I would not be going back to dance classes for a while. They were, ultimately, my escape from the reality of school and dramatic home life. Learning that too would be taken from me was difficult, but the biggest tragedy for me was only about to start: Starbucks had closed.

I was heartbroken. How on Earth was I supposed to get a Venti Caramel Frappuccino with coffee? It felt like I had broken up with someone, personally. Life seemed like a nightmare, but maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. I mean, there was no school for some time, so no getting up at the ungodly hours. As I walked out of the coffee shop with that last iced drink in my hand, I thought to myself: “Alright listen, you can either get back into the car and sip on your coffee, feeling sorry for yourself, or you can take advantage of this situation and make the most of it”.

Little did I know at the time, but my very introverted self would soon get used to sitting up in my bedroom, doing absolutely nothing for possibly days at a time. It was quite nice, but the thought of doing nothing for days on end obviously did not sound too appealing after a while.

So, this is basically what I have been doing.

For the first few weeks, I decided it would be a good idea to learn a new language, to prevent my brain from ‘going to mush’ when I eventually had to return to school. However, I gave up because I figured maybe Japanese was not the language for me. It was difficult to remember all those individual symbols, so I figured I would throw in the towel.

I have also done a lot of baking. My parents constantly ask me to make them brownies or cupcakes, because (I’m not going to lie) I’m pretty good at making them! So, I have spent a lot of my days in the kitchen, making desserts like brownies, fairy cakes, banana bread and crumble. My sister has also been helping me too.

So, while COVID-19 is here, we should really attempt to make the best out of a bad situation, because I know that when I did, it really changed my perspective.