UK- London

Citizen

Dear World,

This too shall pass...

Don't lose hope and faith. It will pass.

Lots of love from London

F. F

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

Singapore

Citizen

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 !! :)

 

With Love~

Students from Queensway Secondary School Singapore.

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

Singapore

Citizen

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

 

With love 💜💜

Students from queensway secondary (singapore)

Greece

Citizen

Untitled

 

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 ;

 

Dinosauria, We

 

Born like this

Into 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

We are

Born like this

Into 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

Castrated

Debauched

Disinherited

Because of this

Fooled by this

Used by this

Pissed on by this

Made crazy and sick by this

Made violent

Made inhuman

By this

The heart is blackened

The fingers reach for the throat

The gun

The knife

The bomb

The fingers reach toward an unresponsive god

The fingers reach for the bottle

The pill

The powder

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

Born out of that.

The sun still hidden there

Awaiting the next chapter.

Charles Bukowski

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

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.

DON'T GIVE UP, WE WILL WIN THIS FIGHT.

singapore

Citizen

wooooOooOoOoOooOooOooO hang in there :)

England

Citizen

Dear World,

I am sending you a letter of Hope.

I hope your World will learn a lesson, and come out better and stronger.

I hope this unusual time which we have been given in confinement will give us all the opportunity to look at ourselves, what we want from life, and how we interact with other people.

I hope we can accept that people or countries have made mistakes, and that we can work together towards a common goal, instead of pointing fingers.

I hope countries around the world will come together to fight this virus as one World.

I hope our world leaders will understand that it is better to put down their arms and stop their unnecessary wars, to focus instead on their citizens, the environment and our planet.

I hope we will learn to know our neighbours better and appreciate that we are all different.

I hope we will relook the way we reward our health workers.

I know, it may be wishful thinking, but this is my letter of Hope.

I hope...

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

Dear world,

What a strange place you have become.

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.
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