‘Love on the Brain’ in quarantine

By Maya O’Brien

Today we are living through history. How one spends the void is totally up to each individual. Perhaps one is a mother who has to deal with the stress of providing structure into her child’s life. Perhaps one just got out of college and is stuck on the couch, Zooming with friends, who are technologically challenged.

Better yet, maybe you are like me, an over-thinker college girl, who is a hopeless romantic.  

My mind is preoccupied by boys, old flings, and is a sucker for stupid television shows that fry my brain, such as “The Bachelor” and “Sex and the City.”

After spending weeks binging on shows, I could not help but wonder if I was wasting my time. After all, I could be reading a book or learning a new language. 

I acknowledged that it’s perfectly okay to live vicariously through the characters of television shows; it is okay to daydream and let it consume my day. 

This may seem like a fault of mine, but for the very first time I am able to clear my mind and discover what I truly wanted: serenity and peace.

For once, the city stopped moving. Noise no longer occupies my mind. 

I was finally able to say goodbye and let go of an ex that haunted me. 

Dancing with this new mindset, I closed out of the Netflix tab and woke up fully rested. My nights worrying over a former relationship, as well as a guy who I have never met, were over. 

Channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw, I finally spoke her insightful words, “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” 

It’s amazing. The world really does work in mysterious ways. It took me months of my being cooped up in the house to finally realize and believe in those words.

However, a lesson learned should always be respected and never be forgotten. 

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