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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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Before the lockdown I used to drink with colleagues on Fridays after...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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11.06.2021

Before the lockdown I used to drink with colleagues on Fridays after work. One year later I am getting closer to having a pint or two almost every day. And no one around me is happy with that. It's going to be f*****g hard to get out of this s**t...

I really miss travelling... Last time I was abroad it was back in...

Travel

United Kingdom

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09.06.2021

I really miss travelling... Last time I was abroad it was back in December 2019. and I still don't know when we will be able to travel again so easily as we used to. Now I need to spend half of my holidays money only for all the tests wherever I would go plus rules are changing so often that I could easily get stuck somewhere abroad like a friend of mine who had to spent 2 months in India (instead of 2 weeks) before she was allowed to travel back to UK. Now the government is saying that even on June 21 it's not 100% sure restrictions will be lifted. Is this going to ever end, it's so depressing and frustrating... ?

Live retreat planned for the autumn and they are announcing that most...

Travel

United Kingdom

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07.06.2021

Live retreat planned for the autumn and they are announcing that most likely attendees will be required to all be vaccinated to attend. Masks won't be worn. I have mixed feelings about this...

The spring is in the air and I feel great, finally!! Lockdown easing...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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06.06.2021

The spring is in the air and I feel great, finally!! Lockdown easing in the UK made me appreciate my life and freedom above all. Being able to roam around London worry free (well, sort of, still), meet my friends, go for food and drinks together and other... just normal stuff. Coming back to living a normal life made me realise how deeply oppressed I actually felt during the lockdown, how badly it impacted me, how winter depression sneaked in slowly, in daily drips, frog boiling method. This made me realise how much community and close people mean to me.

Finally easing lockdown news in the UK, yeey!!! Light at the end of...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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05.04.2021

Finally easing lockdown news in the UK, yeey!!! Light at the end of the tunnel! Feeling hopeful today with celebration drinks in the pub coming next week :D

I'm just fed up. I want my life back! I want to pop on a plane and...

Mental health

Serbia

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29.03.2021

I'm just fed up. I want my life back! I want to pop on a plane and disappear in Asia. I want to see the clouds from above, to sense freedom. Been locked and feel locked. It's too much.

Few more days and we all go back to pubs, one night stands and...

Dating

United Kingdom

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23.03.2021

Few more days and we all go back to pubs, one night stands and socialising. Counting down the days.

A year in lockdown... I feel like there isn't much more I can say....

Other

United Kingdom

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23.03.2021

A year in lockdown... I feel like there isn't much more I can say. Sometimes I feel like I simply got used to this way of living and there are days when I just want to sleep, that's all. A good, long sleep hoping this is just a dream, a nightmare that will end soon. I miss everything ?

The good: I can make Chicago style deep dish pizza at home in my...

Travel

United Kingdom

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25.02.2021

The good: I can make Chicago style deep dish pizza at home in my cast iron pan and it's actually really really good The bad: I don't think I'll be getting the real thing for a long long time. I don't know whether I'm happy and proud that I could do it or whether I'm unhappy because I didn't have a choice...

Cayman Islands Success – Firm but Free At first, I found it...

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Cayman Islands

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17.02.2021

Cayman Islands Success – Firm but Free At first, I found it difficult to get on board with the Cayman Islands government’s scheme for visitors to be kept in a reluctant house-arrest upon arrival in Cayman. But I had spent the summer in Europe with a mask on my face most of the time, whilst life in Cayman had gone mostly back to normal, perhaps largely because of the tough approach taken there, including jailing a 19-year-old girl with no previous criminal record for a month for breaking the rules. When my husband, our toddler, and I arrived back in Cayman we were not allowed to leave our apartment for 16 days, and we had electronic tags attached to our wrists so that our every move could be monitored by the authorities! On balance, it was probably worth it! We have been free, and happily socialising without masks or other restrictions, for the last three months since completing quarantine. During the same period the news from Europe, the US and around the world, has gone from bad to worse to near catastrophic! It was tricky to reconcile these two totally opposite worlds: inside Cayman where life continues almost Covid-free; and in most other countries where family and friends are not allowed to visit each other, and one by one people we know are suffering this strange illness but, in most cases, surviving. This apocalyptic world seems to be located in alternate universe from my current reality in which my main problem is being too social and having too much communication. The prevailing attitude in Cayman is similar to the Blitz spirit of 1940s London – people feel like, if it's the end of the world, they should party and go out with a bang! Yes, danger is all around us, but it’s somewhere far away while we are insulated from the current plague on our little Caribbean paradise. Every day disastrous and shattering news are reaching us and from this new perspective that Corona virus is here to stay, regardless the vaccines, I don't think we will be going anywhere anytime soon. I would personally struggle if I didn’t leave the island for more than 6 months as I always preferred to being in the centre of what’s happening, rather than being on the fringes. The island is small, the architecture rudimentary, and the cultural scene is limited, but our main strength now is being with people and connecting. In a strange way, I am very grateful to be locked here, outside of the mess of contemporary civilisation and its current struggles.

random story

My story is a mixed bag of emotions, it has been one of the toughest years from a family perspective as I've lost family members during the Pandemic. Being a positive person I try to see the bright side, I definitely started to appreciate the life I had before the pandemic so much more. Everything I have experienced - travel, social events, getting a latte at the local bakery, the little things matter now more than before.

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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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