LETTER: Hanging on to be free again | Squamish Chief

LETTER: Hanging on to be free again

Recreation is more important than I thought — just one more thing that I’ve been taking advantage of throughout my life.

Despite it not having a special place in my heart before the pandemic struck, when I think back, so many memories include recreational activities that are no longer available, like ice skating and swimming at Brennan Park.

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These were just mundane experiences that didn’t mean much to me before.

Then there are the beaches and parks that have been closed.

My family and I drove up to the gated entrance at Alice Lake to go for a walk, but we were turned around by a park ranger.

I remember jumping into the water, feeling the sun on my face and the sand beneath my feet.

I miss it more than I could have imagined.

I guess it’s true, you don’t really miss something until it’s gone.

 The spread of COVID-19, means more closures, bans, and regulations need to be put in place. With the campfire ban, I was prevented from enjoying one of the few normal experiences I have left with the people I love.

Not having access to certain things, I feel, takes away a form of choice and control. I can’t choose to go to the lake, or the pool, or ice skating. It feels like my world is shrinking with the growth of the pandemic outside.

 I feel like my life is boring. Despite the negative effects all this has on me, my family, and my friends, I know that this is necessary, and I’m glad that those who are making these decisions are looking out for our health and safety. But even though this might not be a huge deal in the spectrum of what’s happening in the world, it’s a huge deal in the spectrum of my life.

Emily Rice

Grade 11, Squamish

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