Story: Ana, 2002 / Interviewed by Joao Pedro
Living during the pandemic of Covid-19 in Portugal changed my routine and my habits. For everything you had to start using the computer. I had a lot of free time, so I wanted to improve my culinary skills. I even made cakes at home and tried lots of desserts. When you have nothing to do, you start inventing new things.
I miss kisses, hugs, holding hands, seeing people’s faces that convey emotions, and reading words through people’s lips.
My connections with people, specifically with my friends, changed a lot as well. I am a person who is very attached to physical contact, kisses and hugs. After the pandemic, it all had to stop. I miss kisses, hugs, holding hands, seeing people’s faces that convey emotions, and reading words through people’s lips. Since we were little, we were taught that we must connect with each other, share our emotions, and that has become difficult.
I also felt wronged by some of the measures because, while some can continue with their life – religious, political or sports events continue to happen – people like me cannot even leave their municipality.
One thing that helped me during this time is a silver bracelet with little hearts that my great grandmother gave me before she passed away. I felt less alone and more protected when I wore it. I also realized there is an advantage to not being with people and having more alone time, that is, that we can get to know each other better. Also, by having more free time, we could talk to others more. My love relationship arose in the pandemic exactly because of that.