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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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I live in London. I love this place, but now it feels like prison to...

Travel

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

I live in London. I love this place, but now it feels like prison to me. My colleagues holidays have been cancelled this morning and then I realised that most likely this year I wont travel anywhere abroad. And when I think of flying in these circumstances, I am not sure I would be capable of spending few hours with other passengers, mask on my face, sitting next to each other... This fucking corona virus is so unpredictable and more I think about it, more I feel depressed. I just want this to end and go back to normal life, meet my friend, family, go to the office...

I have not been on an airplane in over 6 months, and given that...

Travel

Poland

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24.11.2020

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.

After 3 years of living in the same building with other couple of...

Family & friends

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

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.

For the first time in my life I set my online dating profile in 3...

Dating

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

For the first time in my life I set my online dating profile in 3 dating websites/apps. I had lots of chats with strangers, even few virtual dates (I know it was weird) and was stood up twice while waiting for someone on zoom but I actually was too scared to see them in reality. Now the pubs and cafes are opened again so I gave up online dating.

This whole lockdown didnt really affected me too much. I worked...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

This whole lockdown didnt really affected me too much. I worked remotely, watched TV/online shows, did my shopping online so I didnt really care when they told me to stay in and go out once a day. Actually I have not been out for month and Im feeling fine. I bought myself online some plants so I have more friends to talk to. Im the same

When I arrived to England for the first time I was supposed to start...

Mental health

Belgium

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24.11.2020

When I arrived to England for the first time I was supposed to start my job but all jobs were remote from that day during the lockdown. I stayed at home but had no food in my rented flat and the queue outside of every shop were long. I couldnt order any food online as the delivery slots were unavailable. I was living on jams, crackers and rice and sauce from jars. I love cooking but there was not much food in my kitchen cupboard. Now since they opened restaurants I can finally have some nice food cooked and served for me or delivered to my flat

I was not given the right to decide what i think it was the right for...

Family & friends

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

I was not given the right to decide what i think it was the right for me to do. It was the time to see that there are other forces that can give another shape of the world and humanity was tested on that.

As a single mom. Not much changed as I was not very social. I used...

Mental health

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

As a single mom. Not much changed as I was not very social. I used to travel an all our holidays got cancelled which was so upsetting. My daughter has anxiety and it was stressful as we were worried if one of us got Covid we would be separated.

I felt so lonely during the lockdown that I actually couldnt leave my...

Mental health

Ireland

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24.11.2020

I felt so lonely during the lockdown that I actually couldnt leave my bay window and kept watching people walk the street. Then I spotted a girl living opposite me constantly on the phone, then on her computer. I waited to wave and say magic hello but she never looked my way, I felt so sad and lonely. I now use other window on the back of the house watching cranes building new houses. They cant see me and I keep feeling lonely.

Durning the lockdown I felt so lonely that I bought myself a drone...

Family & friends

United Kingdom

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24.11.2020

Durning the lockdown I felt so lonely that I bought myself a drone and I flew this over the city so I can watch people what they do in their flats, if there are people queueing in front of my local shops. It was once a day you could walk but I actually walked whole day with my drone

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Made pancakes today. The only joy I had today. And a short walk to the shop was comforting. I live alone. Feels like a prison now in isolation. Trying to make some sense out of this turmoil. Miss meeting people. Miss the banter around coffee machine at work. Miss costa coffee smell. Miss Fridays pubs. Miss my life. I don't think I'm handling this isolation very well. It's too long now. Actually I'm sad. So sad. Wish I could talk to someone about...

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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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