oregon

Citizen

I am a highschool student in Oregon, I'm on track to graduate a year early. I do mma and train at an amazing gym. I hope one day to be in the ufc. My experience with the pandemic was off. It felt as if I had no one. The pandemic brought me a lot of bad things and also good things. It was hard and boring. I hated it but there were times when I didn't. To all the people who are having hard times or think the pain won't stop. It will stop one day. You'll find your way out of the darkness soo. I promise you all that, you guys will all find light. I hope everyone gets through this, stay safe everyone.

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United States

Citizen

Dear world

During the pandemic, I had a lot of free time even with school started up it didn’t take much of my day up, me being an irresponsible person and avid procrastinator did absolutely nothing, I stayed home and sat all day long, I would eat absurd amounts on a daily basis, with little to no physical activity, I smoked, sometimes drinking out with friends, not showing up to work, or showing up under the influence. just waiting for a disaster, for time to pass. I had just gotten out of a relationship and was in a bad state. I got to the point where I hated myself (which may or may not be a feeling everyone has experienced), I dropped most of my friends and I’ve never really had much family around, no one to show me what I was doing wrong. I even got arrested during this phase, a felony in fact for an assault charge. The felony thankfully was dropped because I pleaded guilty. because I was a minor I was able to clear my record. also because I was on good terms with the victim after the incident. I apologized and agreed to better myself, whether it was for me, or those around me. It was around that time when I really started to understand that I need a direction, a passion, so I sat down, wrote down every flaw I had, everything I hated about myself, and being realistic I worked on these flaws day by day, I quit drinking, I went down to the local gym and signed up, Working on everything physical, and a good chunk mental, I improved my relationships with friends, and work. I started eating better, got myself in the food is fuel mindset, I found a good group of friends to surround myself with, and I started to care… the feeling of realizing you have a purpose, and the world is there for you to conquer and to be your best, the realization of the importance of self-care. The importance of empathy, is the greatest feeling, the biggest rush of euphoria. About 2 years ago that took place, I’m a junior now and I have plans to graduate(i know I’m young) next year and am on track to do so. And to think I’m still only just starting… Now I’m currently sitting at 190lbs and leaner, I’m in better health, I can manage myself and my schedule, and I have a good work ethic and a strive to learn and grow, in every possible aspect I can, socially, financially, and educationally. I have dreams that I want to pursue in culinary arts, doing construction and auto-mechanics on the side as a trade. All of this is because I asked myself who do I want to be? Who do I want to be to others around me? And it was hard, it took a lot of willpower, good discipline to and I wish to aid others on their journey as well, and writing about this makes me feel narcissistic but my end goal is for everyone around me to thrive, even if that requires selfish acts, but I will say I think the greatest tool I had to my use was open-mindedness, You don't have to learn other peoples ways, or adopt them, but listen to them, know how things can be looked at in many different ways, understand you aren’t perfect and you can be wrong, but that doesn't mean you shouldn’t try to be your best version, take what you do wrong and learn from it. My biggest piece of advice, Patience, stuff takes time and sometimes you’ll find a shortcut, keep on the same path don’t take it, you will learn more, and in the end, it will be worth it (unless it is the logical thing to do, be smart about it too). The mind is an ever-expanding universe, always able to develop and take in, new info, emotions, perspective, thoughts, etc. even when I’m 50 and think I am wise and adjusted, ill still be learning, maybe even more. Anyways my covid experience was an overall 5/10, I grew a lot as a person and I hope this story was somewhat interesting, I find them interesting; learning about people that is. But I hope if you are reading this, you have a great day and always keep striving.

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United States

Citizen

Hey, I’m a 16 y/o high school student. I’m here to tell you about my experiences in this pandemic. And mannn I’d just describe this whole pandemic in one word- crusty loll. These past couple years been tough man. Not just because of lockdown and so much change, but also so much going on in my personal life as well; Just like most of us. The pandemic just makes those things 10x harder to deal with. Having most of my highschool experience taken away from me has been rough too. It’s not fun to be home all the time and just be isolated and unproductive, it can really weigh on you. But I’m here to tell you you’re not alone in this at all, even though It’s been nothing but lonely, so many people can relate to you and me. Over the pandemic, I’ve had a looot of time to self reflect and find some better ways to cope with everything. I realized developing healthy hobbies/coping skills would benefit me in a lot of ways. I’ve gotten really into playing sports and exercise, not only is it good for the body, but also the mind. Lots of days I don't feel like getting up and doing that, but honestly, i've learned that if you Just do it without thinking about it, you wont regret it and you will feel good afterwards. I know it's hard but doing slight productive activities can really bring you out of an unmotivated, depressed mood; and make you feel inspired enough to be productive in other ways too. A little motivation goes a long way, the power is within you to find it, and use it to its full potential! P.S. The activity doesnt have to be exercise, it can be anything from doing your makeup, drawing, listening to music, playing a sport, going for a walk, cooking food, ect. Anything you enjoy!! I hope I helped manifest A positive message into your life as an individual, if you took the time to read this loll. Stay safe, I Love You All! <3<3

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USA

Essential Worker

Be and keep strong and courageous always 👍👍😃☀️

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Israel

Essential Worker

חזק ואמץ ממש תודה רבה לאל ממש

טוב לי ממש

תודה רבה לאל ממש

תודה רבה להקב'ה ממש

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France

Essential Worker

Sois et restes fort et courageux 👍👍😃☀️

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Israel

Essential Worker

חזק ואמץ ממש תודה רבה לאל ממש 👍👍😃☀️🙂😊

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USA

Essential Worker

Keep smiling!

 

Be strong and courageous always!

 

☺️👍👍☀️😃

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France

Essential Worker

Soyez fort et courageux grandement!

Keep smiling 👍👍☀️🙂😃

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United Kingdom

Citizen

When the first lockdown occurred I thought it wasn’t going to be that bad but I started to lose friends and my grandad died but I he was to far to travel for the funeral so I became depressed and almost at the end of giving up my life. But, the email that saved me was a congratulations to being offered a place to UOB to study my dream course. it gave me reassurance that I will be okay and that I need to put my trust in God. Fast forward to this current lockdown, it hasn’t been easy especially feeling stressed and alone at home but this year I gained people to support me even when I am feeling at my worse and I know how to get back up when I’ve fallen down. I’ve just found out about this website and wanted to share that even at your lowest point in life you will feel alone but seek help even if it’s just for company; it’s better to be with someone then to feel and be alone X

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UK

Healthcare Worker

I am concerned to notice rising intolerance & prejudice during this difficult time of pandemic. There is increase racism, numerous complaints ( true & falsified) by hospital staff ( clinical & non-clinical) against black & Asian clinicians. London publication headline “ THERE ARE 2 PANDEMICS HAPPENING IN UK - COVID & RACISM”. There is little support for people subjected to domestic abuse during lockdown. To reduce the impact of the pandemic, what we need is the opposite ie unity, tolerance & kindness. A lot of doctors are actively planning to retire early or returning to India & East Europe.

 

we need to oppose all kinds of prejudices eg sexism, racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, nazism Etc. We need more awareness of Unconscious/ Implicit bias.

 

we can rebuild a prosperous future in a short period if we work together using the plethora of innovation developing so fast.

 

kind regards

 

a UK Medical doctor

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England

Citizen

Covid has been a really hard time, especially whilst doing A levels, there’s little to no support and the situation concerning exams is so unknown and keeps getting delayed.

The pressure put on us to achieve high grades when we’ve missed half the year is so unreasonable.

My mental health has declined rapidly I’ve always had issues but I’ve recently had to call my doctors and organise some help.

I feel like students are misunderstood a repeatedly told we are just making excuses for not working yet I’m working so hard and feel completely behind and alone

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