Last week I bought a 2021 planner. It arrived on New Years Eve, and I took a few minutes to sit down and put the winter sports schedule into the planner to make things easier for me. It wasn’t an hour after I finished writing everything into the planner when I found out that the basketball games on Monday and the wrestling match on Tuesday had been postponed. Then on Monday more news came out that the rest of the week had been postponed. That quickly things changed. But that’s what living in the COVID-19 era is like.

Last March the exact same thing happened to me. I spent at least an hour or two writing down every spring sports game in my planner so I would easily be able to see where I needed to be each day and how to split my time between everything. Then everything was canceled before I even needed to refer to it.

I dug through my book bag last week and found that old planner and tossed it. Never even used it. Heck I didn’t even know where it was for the longest time. But me being the prepared person I am went out and bought another one for 2021, just knowing that I would be able to use it. Maybe I will at some point this year, but right now I have no use for it.

We may have left 2020 in our rearview, but it is still rearing its ugly head on into 2021. COVID-19 numbers are astronomically high. The United Kingdom just went into a strict lockdown, and things seem to be getting worse instead of better.

While we all want sports back, we also want everyone to remain safe. That is the reasoning behind a lot of these postponements. Numbers are still very high in the district, and schools want those numbers down before they send their students to other areas to play. For more information on that, read my article I wrote about it today.

I guess I was being a little too confident that things would go off without a hitch when the high school sports season began, but looking back I probably should have been a little more skeptical. Nothing in these last ten months of the pandemic has been close to normal, but I guess I am just craving normalcy again like most of you are.

So we sit and wait, again, just like we have been since March. The situation, as it has been all along, is fluid. Things will change, games will be postponed, and some may not be made up, some will. We just have to continue to be patient, take it one day at a time and see where we are each day. Hopefully things will work out and these student athletes get to play a season.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV