JOURNAL OF PANDEMICS – Part I

Jurnal de Pandemie, un proiect inițiat și coordonat de Mihaela Rata, profesor, senior trainer, interpret pentru limbile engleză și franceză, fondatoarea Centrului de limbi străine Global Communications, s-a născut ca o replica frumoasă și inspirată la îndemnul lansat de pandorrieni în pandemie – să fim puternici, uniți, empatici și incredibili de adaptabili. Ceea ce Mihaela a realizat cu acest proiect depășeșește orice ne-am fi putut imagina atunci când a luat naștere manifestul nostru creativ și pozitiv – peste 50 de persoane contactate, 3 continente, cum descrie fiecare perioada de pandemie, ce a fost mai dificil pentru fiecare dintre ei, au existat beneficii sau oportunități în această situație, ce au avut de învățat din situația prin care a trecut lumea întreagă – păreri, opinii, gânduri, artiști, jurnaliști, studenți, manageri de marketing, analiști de date, oameni frumoși care au călătorit în acet Jurnal colectiv de Pandemie în jurul lumii #deacasă.

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Un proiect realizat cu sprijinul Andreei Mariuta și Mihaelei Lupu.

Andreea Mariuta – “Sunt profesor, traducător, interpret și corporate trainer, locuiesc în Bacău, alături de familia mea.  Zilele mele sunt pline de energia cursanților mei entuziaști, plini de veselie și energie pozitivă. Îmi place să călătoresc, să vizitez locuri care au o poveste, să ascult oamenii care au de spus povești și astfel dau sens fiecărei zile din viața mea!”

Mihaela Lupu – “Sunt medic și îmi place să studiez fel de fel de lucruri care mă ajută să-mi deschid orizontul cunoașterii și înțelegerii oamenilor,  dincolo de aparențe.”

JOURNAL OF PANDEMICS – Part I

 “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (Viktor Frankl)

With the confinement coming close to an end and some restrictions around the world loosening up, we thought we might take a look back to the difficult and challenging times we have all been through, all of us, around the globe. In order to honor our struggle and our coping, we have put together an informally documented Journal of Pandemics. In this journal, twenty people from around the world have been interviewed on   a series of short questions. They are people of different ages, nationalities, genders, professions, living in all parts of the world. Their answers are so authentic, so full of value showing all of us that, in the end of the day, we are all human, we are all vulnerable and have tried to figure out how to face this challenge to our best of knowledge. Some of us have started making art, some others have learned new skills, many of us enjoyed spending time with our families, or just embark on some self discovery journey. Many of us were scared, some others angry, or some exhausted by this energy draining brutal change in the ways of living our lives. One of the most significant difficulty has been the lack of social connection, not being able to see friends and family and one of the most precious lessons – start living more in the present moment and not take anything for granted.

Here is how this pandemic period looks for some of our friends, from Australia to the United States, from Brazil to Denmark, from Canada to South Africa, from San Salvador to Portugal, from Singapore to Greece.  Be they students or retired people, airline pilots or lawyers, coaches, trainers, teachers, psychologists or engineers, this period has definitely been disruptive, stressful, and, one way or another, life-changing.

Describe this pandemic period in 3 words.

  • Confusing, life-changing, exhausting.  (Ana, 42, new business associate, Canada)
  • Scary, lonely, sad – my daughter turned 7 last week and not being able to have a party for her and her friends, or family coming over (the borders with The Netherlands are closed, so we are not allowed to go out of Belgium. My husband could not go help his parents). When her colleagues sang for her live during her online class – it was a very hard moment for her and for us. (Alina, 43, PA, living at the border Belgium- The Netherlands)
  • Quiet, new, harsh (Eduard, 21, Software Engineering Student, Denmark)
  • Surreal, stressful, frustrating. (Pedro, 40, Head of Marketing and Admissions, Portugal)
  • Surprise, Acceptance, Opportunity. (Katherine, 79, arts activist, USA)
  • Uncertainty, helplessness, resilience. (Davi, 35 , journalist, Brazil)
  • The pandemic is a challenge, and a learning opportunity (Jaryd , 21, student, England)
  • Uncertainty, Ignorance, Reflection. (Alexander, 35, IT engineer, Austria)
  • Cage, Silence, Censorship. (Claudia, 38, clinical psychologist, Belgium)
  • Uncertain, disruptive, opportunity. (Alis, 37, trainer & coach, Australia)
  • Divisiveness, Devastating, Relationships (Sue, 60, retired administrator, Vietnam)
  • Home, family-time, cancellations (Paul, 27,  data analyst, Denmark)
  • From a mere cold to a dramatic new flu and its unstoppable extension.  (Marco, 63, engineer,  Firenze, Italy)
  • Not good enough. (Vlad, 42, Legal and Business Consultant, Belgium)
  • Manipulation through fear. (Alois, 63, Senior Staff, Austria)
  • Challenging, wonderful, discovery. (Manuela, 22,  student , El Salvador)
  • Exciting, eye-opener, political. (Alexandra, 34, Digital Marketing Officer, Austria)
  • Organized worldwide fraud. (Anonymous, 39, airline pilot, Belgium.)
  • Never before, spreading extremely fast, stronger than people would have imagined. (Monica, 41, data specialist, Singapore)
  • Time To Reflect. (Samantha, 43, teacher, Portugal)
  • Scary, slow, uncertainty. (Chloe, 22, student, South African)
  • Unexpected, weakness, heartbreaking (Aurelia, 44, teacher, Greece)
  • A Big Change (Cath, 44, teacher, UK)

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