Story: Mira, 2002 / Interviewed by Sofia
I come home to my parents telling me about this new virus that is being spread all over the world. In the beginning, when I started hearing about the virus, it didn’t seem like a big deal. I didn’t think it would spread like it did and I thought it was some kind of a hoax. But later, when my parents started taking it seriously I did as well.
On a normal day, I would hang out with my friends, go to the beach and surf, and play the violin, guitar or cello. I love music, so playing those instruments helped calm me down. School was where I saw all my friends and had most of my social interactions. After the lockdown started, we had to move life from the real world to online. I spent up to 10 hours on a screen. Besides doing homework, I tried to interact with people as much as I could online. I love being surrounded by people and if I can’t do that then I become rather sad. During lockdown, I couldn’t really see a lot of my friends, so I was lonesome and depressed.
During lockdown, I couldn’t really see a lot of my friends, so I was lonesome and depressed.
Overall, being locked in my house wasn’t a very pleasant experience, but I did have my computer. Without my computer, my life would basically end. I’d be so cut off from the world during this situation. It’s especially something that you need now and I wouldn’t be able to interact if I didn’t have one. I also watched a series on Netflix, called Ozark. I love watching a good show. It really got me through stressful and sad times and it made me feel relieved at the end of the day.
We’re still going through this pandemic. We are facing it one day at a time and are still struggling with the numbers going up, but I think we just normalized the reality of it all. We adopted so much to the situation that you could start to see all the good things about life again. It’s not as perfect as it used to be, but that’s what life is. Life isn’t perfect all the time and you just need to really appreciate the little things. I definitely learned to do that.