England

Citizen

Dear fellow humans,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have felt at times sad, lonely and depressed, but overall I think that in many ways the time of isolation has been useful. Being alone teaches you to enjoy your own company, and when you do talk to others online you get to know a different side of them. Also, being alone and without as much to do, it is beneficial because it allows us to find time to look after ourselves.

Please make use of this time and be grateful. The future children of our world will not be presented with this solitary time, but they will learn about it. It is part of this world's history.

Take care of yourself.

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america

Essential Worker

I am a 16 year old student of the coolest highschool, wearing a mask in class n thinkin what I might do. to write this essay but my mind is pretty messy i put it in a rhyme because my teacher lets me. Thinkin bout the pandemic the stress is never ending but i still seem to push thru with every single second, because im human my dream im steady pursuing, learned much over the years i thought where ruined but as i look back i realize i compact, years of knowledge n wisdom in two quick acts, cause see i, now know there's more then what they show, humans are my then flesh n thats what i propose, we got the power to change, but these habits keep us chained, distractions got me actin in wonderis weird ways. Advice id give to those goin thru what i did, is keep your head up no matter how bad it might get, sometimes it feels so lonely like noone knows me, embrace the silence create a better new me. Thats all i got to say the new year is on its way give thanks to those who made it easier day by day.

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oregon

Citizen

I am a highschool student in Oregon, I'm on track to graduate a year early. I do mma and train at an amazing gym. I hope one day to be in the ufc. My experience with the pandemic was off. It felt as if I had no one. The pandemic brought me a lot of bad things and also good things. It was hard and boring. I hated it but there were times when I didn't. To all the people who are having hard times or think the pain won't stop. It will stop one day. You'll find your way out of the darkness soo. I promise you all that, you guys will all find light. I hope everyone gets through this, stay safe everyone.

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United States

Citizen

Hello, I am a high school student in the United States. When the pandemic hit it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, I remember thinking not much would change from it. I never thought it would be something that has lasted the past 2 years and continues today. After some time I started feeling bored inside and being with my family all the time had its challenges too. It felt like “normal life” had been completely flipped upside down. Doing school online, staying in my house, missing out on seeing friends and family were all new challenges I had never faced. After some time of adjusting and finding new ways to enjoy things I loved while staying safe got me through it and being with my family all the time became something I miss now that I'm back in school and out more. The pandemic hit everyone hard, in different ways, and everyone had their own set of challenges. Finding ways to adapt, starting a new hobby, or spending time on myself, were all great things that came out of the pandemic for me. Taking a hard experience and finding a way to overcome it or change it into something good is something I took away from the pandemic. Going forward finding the good in a bad situation and figuring out what I can do with something hard to make it better is what I learned from this whole experience. So just remember even with hard experiences and change there always is something you can take from it and with time it can get better.

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United States

Citizen

Dear world

During the pandemic, I had a lot of free time even with school started up it didn’t take much of my day up, me being an irresponsible person and avid procrastinator did absolutely nothing, I stayed home and sat all day long, I would eat absurd amounts on a daily basis, with little to no physical activity, I smoked, sometimes drinking out with friends, not showing up to work, or showing up under the influence. just waiting for a disaster, for time to pass. I had just gotten out of a relationship and was in a bad state. I got to the point where I hated myself (which may or may not be a feeling everyone has experienced), I dropped most of my friends and I’ve never really had much family around, no one to show me what I was doing wrong. I even got arrested during this phase, a felony in fact for an assault charge. The felony thankfully was dropped because I pleaded guilty. because I was a minor I was able to clear my record. also because I was on good terms with the victim after the incident. I apologized and agreed to better myself, whether it was for me, or those around me. It was around that time when I really started to understand that I need a direction, a passion, so I sat down, wrote down every flaw I had, everything I hated about myself, and being realistic I worked on these flaws day by day, I quit drinking, I went down to the local gym and signed up, Working on everything physical, and a good chunk mental, I improved my relationships with friends, and work. I started eating better, got myself in the food is fuel mindset, I found a good group of friends to surround myself with, and I started to care… the feeling of realizing you have a purpose, and the world is there for you to conquer and to be your best, the realization of the importance of self-care. The importance of empathy, is the greatest feeling, the biggest rush of euphoria. About 2 years ago that took place, I’m a junior now and I have plans to graduate(i know I’m young) next year and am on track to do so. And to think I’m still only just starting… Now I’m currently sitting at 190lbs and leaner, I’m in better health, I can manage myself and my schedule, and I have a good work ethic and a strive to learn and grow, in every possible aspect I can, socially, financially, and educationally. I have dreams that I want to pursue in culinary arts, doing construction and auto-mechanics on the side as a trade. All of this is because I asked myself who do I want to be? Who do I want to be to others around me? And it was hard, it took a lot of willpower, good discipline to and I wish to aid others on their journey as well, and writing about this makes me feel narcissistic but my end goal is for everyone around me to thrive, even if that requires selfish acts, but I will say I think the greatest tool I had to my use was open-mindedness, You don't have to learn other peoples ways, or adopt them, but listen to them, know how things can be looked at in many different ways, understand you aren’t perfect and you can be wrong, but that doesn't mean you shouldn’t try to be your best version, take what you do wrong and learn from it. My biggest piece of advice, Patience, stuff takes time and sometimes you’ll find a shortcut, keep on the same path don’t take it, you will learn more, and in the end, it will be worth it (unless it is the logical thing to do, be smart about it too). The mind is an ever-expanding universe, always able to develop and take in, new info, emotions, perspective, thoughts, etc. even when I’m 50 and think I am wise and adjusted, ill still be learning, maybe even more. Anyways my covid experience was an overall 5/10, I grew a lot as a person and I hope this story was somewhat interesting, I find them interesting; learning about people that is. But I hope if you are reading this, you have a great day and always keep striving.

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United States

Citizen

Hey, I’m a 16 y/o high school student. I’m here to tell you about my experiences in this pandemic. And mannn I’d just describe this whole pandemic in one word- crusty loll. These past couple years been tough man. Not just because of lockdown and so much change, but also so much going on in my personal life as well; Just like most of us. The pandemic just makes those things 10x harder to deal with. Having most of my highschool experience taken away from me has been rough too. It’s not fun to be home all the time and just be isolated and unproductive, it can really weigh on you. But I’m here to tell you you’re not alone in this at all, even though It’s been nothing but lonely, so many people can relate to you and me. Over the pandemic, I’ve had a looot of time to self reflect and find some better ways to cope with everything. I realized developing healthy hobbies/coping skills would benefit me in a lot of ways. I’ve gotten really into playing sports and exercise, not only is it good for the body, but also the mind. Lots of days I don't feel like getting up and doing that, but honestly, i've learned that if you Just do it without thinking about it, you wont regret it and you will feel good afterwards. I know it's hard but doing slight productive activities can really bring you out of an unmotivated, depressed mood; and make you feel inspired enough to be productive in other ways too. A little motivation goes a long way, the power is within you to find it, and use it to its full potential! P.S. The activity doesnt have to be exercise, it can be anything from doing your makeup, drawing, listening to music, playing a sport, going for a walk, cooking food, ect. Anything you enjoy!! I hope I helped manifest A positive message into your life as an individual, if you took the time to read this loll. Stay safe, I Love You All! <3<3

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the united states

Essential Worker

this pandemic has been hard on everyone, some people more than others. For me I was somebody who went through loss of friends, a special pet of mine, and a loss of myself, throughout the pandemic I went through many different clothes, many hair colors and styles, and many relationships, all of these have shaped me to be the person I am now, while the pandemic is still happening 2 years later, I can say I am finally content with who I am and the life I have, the pandemic wasn't a positive experience, but it was life changing, and for me personally it was for the better; When school started up again is when I really started to find myself, it still was a very lonely time only having 2 classes a day with 3-4 students in the classes I had, and not much conversation. But I found a great school with great people which finally opened me up to many opportunities now and in the future. I hope everyone can find the positives from this experience, stay safe

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USA

Essential Worker

Be and keep strong and courageous always 👍👍😃☀️

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Israel

Essential Worker

חזק ואמץ ממש תודה רבה לאל ממש

טוב לי ממש

תודה רבה לאל ממש

תודה רבה להקב'ה ממש

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France

Essential Worker

Sois et restes fort et courageux 👍👍😃☀️

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Israel

Essential Worker

חזק ואמץ ממש תודה רבה לאל ממש 👍👍😃☀️🙂😊

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USA

Essential Worker

Keep smiling!

 

Be strong and courageous always!

 

☺️👍👍☀️😃

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