What is a future plan that you have changed, or have had to change, due to the pandemic?

It is like a nightmare that doesn’t end or perhaps a dark and lonely road that stretches on for miles unending. It came out of nowhere and has latched on for dear life, like one clinging to anything in sight in a shipwreck. We cannot seem to shake the nightmare that is the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused so much pain and sorrow that to complain about having to change plans would be a slap in the face to those who have suffered from it. Therefore, I will not complain. Instead, I will just say that I have had to change my plans to go back to my home country.

I had plans to go back home to visit my family last year but, unfortunately, I had to cancel them once the pandemic hit. Being able to get just a little bit of home is good for one’s mental health, but I was robbed of that opportunity. At the time of making the necessary arrangements to go home, it had been four years since I had been back, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was. I was jumping for joy, but my happiness was fleeting. A month after confirming my trip home, the COVID-19 nightmare began, and my plans have since been on hold.

I don’t know when I will be able to go home, but one thing is for sure: when I do get there, I will enjoy every minute of it.



a slap in the face (idiom) - a surprising act that offends or insults someone
ecstatic (adj.) - extremely happy or excited
fleeting (adj.) – happening really quickly