Canada

Citizen

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 🤍

England

Essential Worker

Dear World.

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.

UK

Healthcare Worker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw5KQMXDiM4#action=share

 

this is a lovely video, which I found very emotional after a long week at work. As I have a young family, who I have been extra careful around, this video struck a chord with me:

 

My own 'Poem' to Letters 2 The World

 

it feels to me like the 'world' is saying 'stop', enough

it's time to rest, stay home, cherish your family & loved ones

time to appreciate who & what is important to you

time to value health, social care and key workers

it's time to stop unnecessary travel

time to reduce pollution - especially from cruise ships & plane journeys

it's time to think about ethical farming, and animal welfare

time to be grateful for the food we have, and to shop carefully

it's time to reach out to our neighbours, and the vulnerable in society

time to connect with our loved ones and friends

and now we only have an 'hour's slot' to exercise - when we usually have 24

so many people are outside enjoying nature, cleaner air and skies too

 

why does it take a crisis for so many to appreciate what we have taken for granted ?

 

so PLEASE when this is finally over

let's not just forget and go back to how it 'was'

 

it WILL BE time to reflect, time to look back

and it will be time to change

for the better

United Kingdom

Healthcare Worker

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

England

Citizen

Dear world

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.

UK

Citizen

To everyone,

 

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.

Singapore

Citizen

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.

England

Citizen

Dear World,

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.

 

I wish you the best,

 

Jack

UK

Citizen

To the world,

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.

England

Citizen

Hi all,

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.

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