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These are strange times. Lockdowns made us appreciate morning coffee with colleagues, check-in queues at the airport, in person dates, hanging out with friends worry-free. They made us appreciate how much we mean to each other. Here we anonymously share our stories, struggles, triumphs and secrets.

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If nothing else, during the lockdown I managed to improve...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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21.09.2021

If nothing else, during the lockdown I managed to improve relationship with my cat, so we're now best friends ever 😂😂

We love our kids and before the lockdowns, we always thought we'll...

Children

United Kingdom

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14.09.2021

We love our kids and before the lockdowns, we always thought we'll never have enough time to spend with both of the boys. But after going through homeschooling, we still love them, perhaps even more than before, but we're so happy they're back to school and my hubby and I can spend some time together, just two of us :))

Sleeping

Mental health

United Kingdom

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11.09.2021

I like sleeping. I could sleep 12 or 16 hours without any issues. I could even sleep more than this. Today I read an article that lie-in at weekends keeps you away from depressed. I lie-in coz I'm depressed.

Masks in an open air shop?

Work

Greece

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09.09.2021

I am a shop assistant and work with tourists in a small open shop. There are no walls and outsid air is flowing through the roof only shop ... My boss is pushing me to wear mask all day and I can't breathe with a mask for 8 hours ... I understand the rules but should we mindlessly obey without applying logic? I can't tell my boss to f*** off as I need the job. But I'm frustrated...

Panic atack

Mental health

Serbia

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09.09.2021

Last year we had a lockdown during weekends, no one could go out from Friday to Monday. I thought I will get an panic attack from being locked in apartmant. Or a nervous break down in worst case. I was alone with my kid. Friday night I was doing all sort of things just to keep me occupied so hour by hour time passed and I won, nothing bad happened in my mind.

Wrong love

Dating

United Kingdom

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08.09.2021

During the lockdown the only close friend was my dealer who was coming when I called him. We started sleeping together just for fun. Then I started idolising him. I know he is a bad person who sells drugs but I'm attracted to him now. Is this wrong?

My dad's stroke

Family & friends

United Kingdom

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06.09.2021

At the start of the pandemic, my father had his second stroke. None of the family members were allowed to visit and even our calls to request his status were often unanswered. After some digging around, we discovered that the rehab the hospital was proposing was actually just a nursing home. The rehabilitation therapists would not actually be allowed to see him. In the end we decided that he should come home. He died with his family around him last year.

One of the things I learned...

Work

United Kingdom

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30.08.2021

I just realised that during the hardest lockdown I tried so many new recipes that I could easily now change my career and work as a chef haha

Bob

Work

United Kingdom

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17.08.2021

They asked to go back to office but I'm reluctant to this. I do like my daily routine and staying in bed while being online and checking emails periodically.

We embraced the lockdown

Family & friends

Serbia

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17.08.2021

Half the people we know didn't believe in the virus, the other half didn't think it was that big a deal. As one of the people who already had the infection at the beginning of the pandemic, precisely because of others' selfish behavior and the need to visit even when they felt sick, I wasn't eager to meet anyone in fear of contracting the virus again. It is part of our culture to go around and visit everyone you know, have drinks, hang out regularly even if you feel under the weather because people believe that the flu is 'just' the flu and they don't care if they transmit it to other people. Same went for the new virus. If you are afraid of it, you are pathetic, if you tell them to stop visiting, they are insulted because how can they possibly be contagious when they are your family/friends? That attitude caused me and my close family so much stress. There was no way to convince them that not seeing them was safer for both sides and was not insulting. So, when the lockdown came, we were so relieved we didn't have to come up with more excuses as to why we can't go to a birthday party or dinner with 20 other people amidst the pandemic. As if we needed an excuse for that, but this is Serbia. We could finally rest at home, alone, with so much less stress. And before someone thinks we should have told people to stop coming - we did. They kept ignoring our wishes. Those who didn't got very angry and stopped talking with us altogether. And I am talking about close family, not some distant relatives, they were parents, brothers, sisters. I can't wait for another lockdown because everyone is behaving as if there is no pandemic and are genuinely surprised when I say I don't want to go to a wedding or a dinner party.

random story

I have not been on an airplane in over 6 months, and given that flying, and travelling in general, is one of my favourite things in the world, this has been especially hard. I miss it dearly and I hope I will soon again feel safe to fly away somewhere new or cool or exciting.

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about lockdown stories

This is a place where we share what we miss the most, we embrace the grief over our losses, we open up about our feelings of isolation, we laugh at our hilarious moments, drop the odd insights gained, recognise hidden blessings, see through the eyes of people who are looking through different lenses. How will we look back at this peculiar time 20 years from now?

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