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Lockdown stories

How has it been for you so far?

Welcome to the world’s first collective lockdown journal.

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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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Video Streaming during Lockdown

Work

Romania

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12.08.2021

I was sent home from work for almost two months. I went to full time streaming video games and gained a wider audience. The lockdown was the perfect time to follow my dreams!

Lockdown Artist

Work

Romania

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12.08.2021

During the lockdown I explored my passion for art and started to work on building experience and a portfolio from in-door pictures and videos that I later edited. It was nice to have so much free time for your hobbies.

Travelling

Travel

United Kingdom

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09.08.2021

Not for me travelling this year. I have not been vaccinated yet (my choice) and when I hear people are travelling, it makes me anxious, but I do really miss it.

Got it Done!

Other

Canada

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02.08.2021

It was all there in folders, on my computer. The dream of writing a book had been percolating for years. All i needed was the time to put all the ideas and information in order and stitch it all together into something that could be shared with the world. I used the 'forced isolation' to finally write and publish the book. "I Breathe Therefore I AM" goes to press in August 2021. Lockdown helped me become and Author. There is always a gift hidden inside adversity, an opportunity inside hard times, good fortune inside bad fortune, a greater sense in something that seems to make no sense, and an excuse to grow and change into the person we want to become. Stay strong... because you are already safe. Breathe Deep My Friends

A long two years

Family & friends

Italy

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31.07.2021

It was intense and long. Unpredictable. But also it was an a lesson on what is really important in life and what people means to each other. P. S. Still I know how to cook five dishes.

WFH

Work

United Kingdom

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28.07.2021

Since the lockdown started I've been offered working from home which was pain at the beginning coz I'm very sociable person and I like talking to others face to face. Now since the lifted restrictions I'm able to work in hybrid model but nobody from my team wants to go back to the office. Even if they did, nobody would be able to sit next to each other. This is not what team work is. Is it just me or there is anyone like me thinking that working from home is killing teams and how they interact. I hate all these chats and that I have to book a meeting with someone instead just pop in and chat with them at their desk!

Mask restrictions again. C19 ruined my biz I had for 30 years. Been...

Work

United States

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21.07.2021

Mask restrictions again. C19 ruined my biz I had for 30 years. Been looking for work for 8 months. Just got profiled for being white today, and did not get the job

Lockdown in Australia

Work

Australia

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20.07.2021

Need to get tested every 3 days. Ok that is fine but waiting time in the queue killing me. Last time was it almost 2 hours in drive through COVID 19 Centre. Tomorrow is new day new hope maybe the spike going down.

Lockdown in Australia

Mental health

Australia

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19.07.2021

This is definitely the worst lockdown we had so far. It seems like there is no end. I don't know what's harder, constantly new restrictions or listening to the media every day.

Expanded Horizons

Work

United Kingdom

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14.07.2021

Call me an eternal Optimist, but I have welcomed the last year’s “new normal” as opportunity to enhance my spiritual and scientific awareness. I realised how I have neglected my continuous learning and life skills over the past decades, as the repetitive daily habits and business presses have taken priority. Meditative lonely moments, have replaced the public transport chaos and seeing the important things in life has overtaken the minor daily frustrations linked to the hectic city existence. I thank God for all the Health and Knowledge sent my way.

random story

After 3 years of living in the same building with other couple of strangers we finally managed to have a small BBQ with them which turned out into a long night drinking. We were so drunk that we ended up hugging each other, visiting each others flats. Next day when we sobered up I got panic attack that we may have got from them virus. We continue meeting with them in next few weeks but never ever hugged them again as precaucion.

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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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