I put myself down as a citizen, because although my job was technically considered key work, my workplace had to close. I work in childcare, we have now reopened on limited capacity. It's been an exhausting time for them and for us. Going into a job that requires you to be happy and put on a cheery face isn't easy. They're also some of the youngest children to be taught social distancing. However, they also pick up on more than most people give them credit for, they know something isn't right. The timing of the lockdown also caught us when we would be doing transition work with those leaving for school that year. I feel the ones starting school missed out on a lot this year, something which hasn't been covered as much as the (equally important) concerns of those leaving school. It's not been an easy time. Sometimes, it can help to know that someone else is struggling, too.
Well... we really never saw that coming. It hurts thinking about what we’ve lost and missed but it‘s also a harsh reminder to stop taking everything for granted. Frankly, this year is just getting worse, so it’s key to support each other and keep holding on. Sending love 🤍
I never knew impact of anxiety and depression on one's wellbeing before this pandemic started. Then one day, everything has changed. Sometimes I wonder, why do some people lack compassion and empathy when those are two of the most important things we need today. In today's world where uncertainty hovers like a raincloud, I hope everyone gets to understand why someone is acting like this, or why someone has said something like that. Sorry, I have just som many thoughts in my mind that I'm typing everything impulsively. I guess I just miss the way things were. X
What a strange time this is. I feel incredibly lucky to be honest. My job is secure despite it being "front line" and at times scary because of lack of managerial direction. I live with my partner, just the two of us in a little house but in wonderful grounds. To be honest it's a bubble. I miss my son and my Grandpuppy who live 60 miles away and I am trying so hard not to dwell on the fact it could be months before I can see them, let alone hug them. If i dwell on this too long I can feel the tears pricking at my eyes.
I watch the news and feel anger, a real rage at our government who failed to protect the old and the vulnerable especially those in care homes. I still miss my mum who died nearly 25 years ago but I am glad in away she did not have to experience this.
I hope the world can recover but I am doubtful. The things that used to be important, the "must haves" are suddenly no more.
I am writing this because I want people to know that others do think about them. Take care and stay safe.
hey everyone, we know this is a tough time right now for everyone and being forced into isolation can take quite a toll on a person's mental wellbeing but we gotta understand that it's for the good of everyone and would greatly benefit the rest of the world in the long run. Apart from putting in efforts to reduce the spread of this virus, it's important that we look after our mental state as well and use the time we have at home to do more meaningful things or unmeaningful things like binge-watching Netflix for 10 hours, literally anything that keeps you entertained and comforted. there's no reason to think you should be doing exercises every day or working longer hours if it does not make you happy ❤️
We would like to express our appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical care staff and everyone who supports patient care. Thank you for serving at the frontlines and risking your lives to save patients during this pandemic. We are grateful for the sacrifices you have made. Dedication and courage during this crisis have helped save countless lives and made significant improvement to the lives of many more. Once again, thank you for your heroic service to our nation.
To all the health care workers, most of us do not work in a setting where we’re exposed to risks and dangers daily, the way you are. Thanks you for your commitment and courage into helping those who are affected! Really appreciate your care and professionalism and your everyday efforts to keep the world safe !! :)
Students from Queensway Secondary School Singapore.
I hope that this will be the first of a few letters. I'm a senior Intensive Care Doctor in the UK and have had a frantic 6-weeks, mostly through planning but also because of difficult times at work. My partner lives in another city and we haven't seen eachother for 5-weeks and I haven't seen an elderly parent for 6-weeks. My partner and I have each have two children who are in their early twenties. One is now a frontline health professional, one has had their first postgraduate job furloughed and two have had great uncertainty cast over their final terms at university.
I do not write for sympathy as ours are First World Problems and we are all likely to come out of this but if someone had told me as I entered Medical School as an 18-year old that this was how my career would evolve I'd have looked on in disbelief
I would like to thank the world's doctors and health care professionals for everything that they have contributed to the recovery of society, they are truly the world's unsung heroes without a cape and hopefully everything will go back to normal soon so that the doctors and everyone can take a well-deserved break
It’s been Zeus anathema or time to weigh our qualities and reconsider our existence? This is not a rhetorical question but a reality for all of us living in this situation. This crisis put humanity under a veil of uncertainty.
This solidarity movement made us all much more fragile and probably pushed us on the path of collectivity. In the other hand all this free time gave us the chance to philosophise and focus more on ourselves and our destiny.
Death. It is essential to know how to die and this is not a pessimistic nihilistic theory. Human existence consisted by several layers and I believe it is complicated to reach the core. A man can learn how to die day by day , minute after minute by learn how to exist, how to live, inhale and exhale. “Those who learn how to die have unlearn how to be slaves.”Montaigne said. Slaves to money , slaves to career. Hope chasers who at the end of the fairytale die.
It is vital to reconsider our attitude to the universe and find peace. To deconstruct our qualities and laugh, enjoy,respect,love. We are all passengers of the same boat. Two months ago the world was a different place. We were free to drown ourselves in our marvellous routine (yes that was ironic) and moreover we knew what was wrong or right.
Things are different today ,that’s the fact. And whatever happens we have to go on breathing , smiling and hopefully not make the same mistakes. There is more light in our souls than we believe.
I’m closing with a poem from my favourite German-American bloke ;
Born like this
As the chalk faces smile
As Mrs. Death laughs
As the elevators break
As political landscapes dissolve
As the supermarket bag boy holds a college degree
As the oily fish spit out their oily prey
As the sun is masked
Born like this
Into these carefully mad wars
Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
Born into this
Into hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die
Into lawyers who charge so much it’s cheaper to plead guilty
Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes
Born into this
Walking and living through this
Dying because of this
Muted because of this
Because of this
Fooled by this
Used by this
Pissed on by this
Made crazy and sick by this
The heart is blackened
The fingers reach for the throat
The fingers reach toward an unresponsive god
The fingers reach for the bottle
We are born into this sorrowful deadliness
We are born into a government 60 years in debt
That soon will be unable to even pay the interest on that debt
And the banks will burn
Money will be useless
There will be open and unpunished murder in the streets
It will be guns and roving mobs
Land will be useless
Food will become a diminishing return
Nuclear power will be taken over by the many
Explosions will continually shake the earth
Radiated robot men will stalk each other
The rich and the chosen will watch from space platforms
Dante’s Inferno will be made to look like a children’s playground
The sun will not be seen and it will always be night
Trees will die
All vegetation will die
Radiated men will eat the flesh of radiated men
The sea will be poisoned
The lakes and rivers will vanish
Rain will be the new gold
The rotting bodies of men and animals will stink in the dark wind
The last few survivors will be overtaken by new and hideous diseases
And the space platforms will be destroyed by attrition
The petering out of supplies
The natural effect of general decay
And there will be the most beautiful silence never heard
This year is unlikely to be one we will ever forget. It's strange to think that school children of the future will be learning about 2020 and the pandemic that hit all corners of the globe.
At times it still feels surreal, like we are stuck in the middle of a Hollywood disaster movie, but some days this new way of life, being at home all the time, almost feels normal.
But I suppose it is the new normal for now as it is unlikely to change dramatically any time soon as the risks are too great. We still don't know when we will be able to see how friends and families again, let alone give them a hug.
I keep telling myself I need to stay positive but it's easier said than done. It feels like someone's pressed a big pause button on our lives, all of the plans we had for the future are on hold until who knows when.
And it's the uncertainty about when we can get everything back on track that makes it so much harder. If we knew that in six months time everything would be back to how it was at the start of the year, I think it could be easier to cope.
Fears for our loved ones, our jobs and what will happen in the future mean we can never truly relax.
So at the moment it's a case of taking one day at a time and trying to remember that it's only normal to have good days and bad days when life has changed beyond recognition.
We recognise the extreme pressures faces by all of us at this difficult time.It is so grateful that local authorities in every country have working tirelessly to ensure that vital cervices continue running as far as possible and ensure its provision is available for everyone an extremely tight timescale. I would like to pride the key workers and members of their families for supporting the society, being brave and making sure that they are working hard to get their job done. They are our everyday Heroes; NHS STAFF, DELIVERY SERVICES, SUPERMARKET WORKERS, DRIVERS, CLEANERS, SOCIAL CARE WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS. They do fantastic job performing extraordinary acts of kindness every day. We are truly grateful for their commitment and dedication!
As the weeks in isolation go on, the more we miss the people who formed a part of our everyday lives. Whether that is our friends, family, partners or work colleagues. We also miss normality, although isolation is slowly becoming the new normal and we are all learning to adapt. However, what I don't miss is the pollution we had before this and the complete disregard some people had for the NHS.
I am so glad that these Thursday 8pm claps are happening, they ensure that the NHS workers and other key staff know that we recognise and appreciate their hard work. I hope after an annual tribute will be paid to all the key workers and everyone who has lost their lives due to COVID-19.
I hope all of you are well and coping as good as you can be. These darker times will pass.
if your feeling worried because of Covid-19 or you are lonely because your stuck in quarantine, dont worry because its like riding a bike. Except the bike is on fire, and the wheels are on fire and the ground is on fire and everywhere is on fire because it is absolute HELL. But dont worry, we will survive and remember: prepare for the worst as it is yet to come. Hope this helped.
a Eurasian whose birthday is on the 21th of May and is learning how to juggle
(This is just a joke do not take anything I say literally we will survive this I am not responsible for anything I say)
helloooo! i hope everyone is doing fine (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ i know right now we are going through a challenging situation and i understand everyone’s anxiety towards this pandemic. it is completely okay to feel sad, worried or scared but i just want you to know that we will get through this and i want to give you faith and strength through this message.
After spending a few weeks at home during the Circuit Breaker. I've learnt how it feels like to be trapped at home, our freedom taken away from us because of an unseen enemy. But my Circuit Breaker compares nothing to the other countries who have gone on full lockdown and quarantine, those people have been stuck in their homes way before Singapore implemented the CB.
Our Healthcare Workers have been working tirelessly 24/7, from every continent, every country, every district, every state, every city, and every town. We must do our part and stay at home to let them carry out the fight while we support them from the back lines, encouraging them, motivating them, giving them any necessary support if we can.
It is especially during these tough times that we must come together and help each other out, only then can we shape a better future for our future generations. Therefore, I call out to everyone.
I feel that because I have been away from my friends for so Long, I think I am not close with them anymore or I am losing with them. They were my best friends but because I missed school for two whole months, they left me for other friends and I barely have any close friends left. Some are also using me for studies and the next day they say they don’t like me anymore.
Be present for strangers as well as your loved ones. Be grateful. Be active within your communities. Be kind. Now more than ever is time to say you are not here to be a bystander so get involved in helping others.
To anyone suffering from anxiety and stress during these uncertain times, know that this too shall pass. There’s no shame in reaching out and talking about how you feel. It’s exactly during that moment where you feel you can’t cope that kindness happens and your faith in humanity is restored so hang in there, you are stronger than you think.
Stay safe, look after your bodies and don’t forget to live, laugh and listen to music.
We are struggling in these difficult times but at the same time we are learning new things about the world and ourselves.
Once I read this sentence “we don’t know how strong we are, until be strong is the only option” and this crisis is proving that we are strong. We are kind, resourceful and full of love.
If you need to cry and shout, do it! If you need to rest and spend a full day in your couch doing nothing, do it! If you need time for yourself, take it! You are human, no a robot.
But don´t forget to smile again, laugh at the jokes, work hard and be there for others, for your relatives and friends. You can take a breath, but never stop. Don´t let you die slowly. Sure Death is waiting for you, but why run to her?
The punch has been hard, especially for those who have lost someone they loved or those who have lost their jobs, so we have to give the appropriate answer. We have to learn the lessons and don´t forget them, we have to improve ourselves. We must help those who have been more damaged.
When all this end, and it will end sooner or later, we will have a second chance. A second chance to live quietly, to enjoy the little things, to don´t let social media grips us, to be authentic, to forgive us for all our mistakes and to forgive others, to let go what is not essential.
Put you in front of a mirror and ask yourself whether your life until this moment has been what you wanted or what you think you what you wanted. Have the courage to be sincere!
Llevamos ya cinco semanas de encierro que se va notando. Al principio lo tomas como algo pasajero, incluso piensas ¡qué bien que voy a poder descansar un poco!, pero según van pasando los días se empieza a notar el cansancio (debido a la inmovilidad) el miedo a perder el trabajo (el tuyo o el de tus familiares) y el temor a un futuro que se nos presenta incierto.
Mi lema siempre ha sido "No rendirse, tirar hacia adelante aunque no sepas si llegarás, lo conseguirás o si merecía la pena".
Mi tabla de salvación es la música. De pequeña me inculcaron el amor hacia ella y es lo que me hace seguir adelante. En momentos bajos pongo un concierto y si soy capaz de sentir la melodía, descifrar sus formas, interpretar sus silencios, entonces sé que no está todo perdido.
Todos tenemos algo dentro de nosotros que nos impulsa a seguir adelante, aquello que nos hace sentir bien, contentos con el mundo, agradecidos de estar aquí. Sólo tenemos que buscarlo en nuestro interior. Nada profundo, algo, un recuerdo, una vivencia, un gesto, una ilusión para el mañana.
Busca, resuelve y encuentra.
Todos tenemos una afición, entretente con ella. Y si no la tienes, ya es hora de buscarla.
¡Nunca te rindas! El mañana siempre merece la pena. Todos estamos juntos en esto. ¡Adelante!
what a crisis are we in... The crisis 2020 that will be remembered in the history books, the one that changed our routine, our plans, but above all, our european luxuries. This crisis is not what I am going to talk about in this letter, but about the opportunities it presents and all the good, it has brought in my eyes. To all those who are losing so much: my sincere condolences and encouragement. For when everything passes and the hearts are healed, we will come out with more desire, more light, and more learning than ever.
When on March 11 I took a flight from Madrid to Frankfurt, I thought: something is going to explode. Something very strange is happening and the uncertainty makes me feel nervous. The meetings I had at work had been canceled and we had to work from home for preventive measures. And five days later, my family and friends with whom I had spent a great week were locked up. The crisis was becoming real in our heads, the hospitals were starting to collapse, and the uncertainty was getting bigger and bigger. But with it the new amazing surprisingly routines. Conversations with neighbours, online courses to reinvent business, the discovery of new tools, new platforms. Practices like yoga, pilates, and zumba on the laptop. But above all, above all: the video conferences, the reconnection with friends and family, the jokes. The wonderful jokes that, above all, Spaniards know how to handle with so much art.
Today, a month later in Germany, we can still go out on the street, but only two at a time. The streets are not the same, everything is closed and I can't see my friends. And neither flight to my family in Madrid. Not even visit other cities. But I can walk on the river, enjoy the sun that has accompanied us so much (strangely) for many weeks now and, although I feel distrust for some colleagues suffering from quarantine and without knowing how long the current measures will remain in force: I feel that life goes on. New job opportunities in the digital world, self-development of mind and body and TIME. Time to think, to enjoy and to slow down. The mental and spiritual capacities that I, as a person, have developed in the last month, have no limit. I have found out once again, what I wanted to do, ALWAYS, a long time ago this crisis, but what I had no time to see because the daily rhythm consumed my time and capacities.
There is no certainty and security that routine, as we know it, will return to the way it was before. Depending on the sector in which we work or the human losses we have lived, everything can change or being exactly like it was before in 2021. But pay attention: What we do know is that this experience has forced us to look a little more towards ourselves and less at the speed of the world in which we were. Like fish downstream in the river. Pay attention to you! There is a lot to find out that this crisis is allowing you.
What I am sure about is that this damm thing will pass, be over sooner or later, and we will have two options: to forget or to use the impulse for a new course. I will certainly not wait for the next crisis to be what I want to be and enjoy everything I have in the way that the world and my reality allow me. I am not going to forget and passively wait for life to offer me something. Because I already have so much. No matter how, where and under what circumstances. I have a lot and I AM a lot. How I exploit it or live it is up to me. Not on a virus, not on a job, not on the people around me. But on my decisions and my will to live every day.
I am sat in my conservatory having my morning coffee. I face a day of calls and texts to friends and family. I find myself reverting to my first profession. When I was 18 I joined the social care world as a Support & Guidance worker. I did this for 2 years before it started to take an emotional toll on myself. So now I have assumed this role again, informally. I spend my days counseling my nearest and dearest. With a family as large as mine this is quite a challenge. I am lucky enough to be able to take on this role as I receive professional counseling fortnightly. I can shed my woes and worries periodically. My loved ones don't have this luxury. I care so deeply for them all and I take their problems as my problems. I am so tired. But I've found my calling in this crazy world we now find ourselves in and so I have to carry on supporting them all. Who else will do it? Although things seem dark right now. There is alot of light in this world. People are coming together. Reconnecting. Supporting and helping one another. Creating a stronger society. I know we will come through this experience as a stronger, wiser country, that is part of a stronger, wiser world. It has restored my faith in humanity. If I'm honest I believed humanity deserved this virus when it first began. We had become a disgusting leach on our beautiful mother earth. I hope that things begin to change now that we've seen that we can cut backon consumption, and the world doesn't end. Life goes on. There has been so much light coming from the hearts of earth's citizens over the last few months and that light only gets brighter. Take care and stay safe everyone. Take your lessons that you have learned along this journey and carry them with you into the new world.
In all this sadness focus on the amazing acts of courage, braveness and kindness that are all around us, both big and small.
We all see for e.g the amazing selfless acts of essential workers, but look closer to home, within your own community and on your own doorstep.
If you are feeling lonely I urge you to smile or speak to the person next to you in the supermarket queue.....people are being nicer to each other. If you don’t feel lonely maybe the person next to you does, and this small act will help.
Be the change you want to see. If you have lost contact with a loved one, family or friend, pick up the phone or email them. You have nothing to lose and everything to give and gain.
If you have no social contact, contact local groups or your church....they want to hear from you. I know all of this is hard , especially if you are feeling low but just be brave and do it. Talking and sharing will help you and others.
Be kind and generous, and all will benefit. Thank you for creating this page. I know it will help many. Please let it help you.
Today it’s an unusually warm day for April the sky is blue and nature is singing. How surreal life feels right now, the streets are quiet and the traffic is low. Every now and then a jogger plunders through an eerie silence. l am grateful for the work force of our dear country, the retail staff, the cleaners, the maintenance people, the refuse collectors, the postman.
I am grateful for the police the NHS employees,and the transport workers. Most of all I am grateful for my family friends and neighbours. These are the ones who shape us and make us who we are.
Now many of us have time to reflect and today I am one of those, So I want to use this time well. Many people don’t have that time as they are holding our country together by nursing us, protecting us feeding us and looking after our well being. A very big thank you to everyone who has helped me and my country.
the current times are strange and something unbeknown to us. Normally during times of crisis like this we meet family and friends, however, now this is not possible. Yes calls and FaceTime come as some comfort but it still can't replace human contact. It's frustrating when a majority of us are listening and staying inside, yet some people believe the rules don't abide to them. It shocks me that during a pandemic, people choose a catch-up with friends over helping protect lives... when back in the World Wars people sacrificed their lives for others. The news is often depressing but stories such as the 99-year-old veteran, Tom Moore, who's raised so far over 12 million pounds for NHS highlights the best of society. I hope more and more stories like his begin to appear because everyone needs some positivity in strange times like these.
Thank you for visiting my website. I created 'Letters to the World" as I felt during times like these it is essential people don't feel alone, even if living alone. I hope you feel comfortable to share your letter. Thank you for visiting my site.