JOURNAL OF PANDEMICS – Part II

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.

Materialul va fi prezentat în limba engleză în patru părți si dacă doriți să ne împărtășiți și voi așteptăm gândurile voastre pe reimagine@reimagine.ro sau direct mesaj pe pagina noastră de FB – un proiect dinamic, un Jurnal de Pandemie care încă se scrie.

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 II

The pandemic period brought about different difficulties for each of us, different challenges and different ways to cope with this new situation. Some of us found particularly demanding going shopping or providing for themselves and their families, some others have been completely challenged by the sudden change in work style, many had to struggle with the solitude or with the restrictions imposed by the authorities but definitely most of us were affected by the lack of social connection, the impossibility to see dear ones and the inability to travel, as results from the very interesting range of perspectives from our friends all over the world :

What was particularly difficult for you ?

  • The fact that I couldn’t see anyone anymore. Or hear. We leave in a secluded area, near a forest, so there was basically no car on the streets, no people biking, running or walking. Only us and the birds. It sounds nice, but after a few weeks…
    There were the online meetings, but nothing compares to the face to face interactions. (Alina, 43, PA, living at the border Belgium- The Netherlands)
  • Keeping in touch with my friends, mainly, as I am living alone. We were supposed to work together for the group assignments and the internet is not the friendliest environment to do so. In Denmark there are no restrictions except the rule about having a distance between each other but, I tried to restrict my time spent out of my home as much as possible and reduce the contact with the other people to a necessary minimum. (Eduard, 21, Software Engineering Student, Denmark)
  • The lack of social connection. (Pedro, 40, Head of Marketing and Admissions, Portugal)
  • Being involved in cancellation decisions with no sense of the realities ahead. (Katherine, 79, arts activist, USA)
  • I think the two worst things for me during the lockdown were the lack of face-to-face contact with my friends as well as the family. Besides my wife, who lives with me, I haven’t actually met anybody. The second most difficult thing for me was the impossibility to do jogging in the park or even hiking in the mountains. So, in 2 words: contact with nature and loved ones. (Davi, 35, journalist, Brazil)
  • Given that this pandemic came after a very tough time, after we had overcome a series of health and professional challenges, this put things into perspective and we met the pandemic period with a wiser, calmer, more accepting mindset. In Australia things were not as bad as in Europe. We live in a small town in a regional area and the restrictions were not as harsh as in other places – the beaches were still open so we could walk, the kindergarten stayed partially open, so our daughter was not confined at home. Shifting from facilitating leadership courses in physical spaces to working and teaching exclusively online has been probably the biggest hardship and I went through a steep learning curve on that.  (Alis, 37, trainer & coach, Australia)
  • Missing family, friends and the normality of day-to-day activities and being able to do things that you need to do. (Sue, 60,  retired administrator, Vietnam)
  • Lockdown restrictions have social consequences, especially for young children. It was necessary to adapt to these rules and still ensure that the kids have social interactions. (Alexander, 35, IT engineer, Austria)
  • Not having the freedom to meet with the friends and family as we used to. Working from home at unusual hours due to taking care of my daughter during part of working hours. (Paul, 27, data analyst, Denmark)
  • Seeing people getting manipulated by media and “leaders”. (Anonymous, 39, airline pilot, Belgium.)
  • Adapting to the imposed restrictions in order to contain this pandemic and prevent more people from suffering, especially not having contact with dear ones. The solitude.  (Marco, engineer, 63, Firenze, Italy)
  • The distance of the other, not that much the distance to the other. (Vlad, 42, legal and business consultant, Belgium)
  • As, during my wole life, I always had problems with authorities, it was hard for me to accept regulatives which, for me, didn’t make any sense and were very often contradictory. (Alois,  63, Senior Staff, Austria)
  • Not being able to meet friends and socialise for more than three months now. (Monica, 41, data specialist, Singapore)
  • Not seeing family and friends, confusing and contradictory messages from the media, being treated like a kindergarten child by the authorities, being obliged to interrupt my work. (Claudia, 38, clinical psychologist, Belgium)
  • Having to be far away from beloved friends and relatives. (Aurelia, 44, teacher, Greece)
  • Feeling scared, unknowing how we will be affected or if we will survive. Trying to juggle many roles and responsibilities with time being a challenge. Shopping for a family and having to expose yourself to risk and manage with strategic planning and thought in every stage start to finish. Find more time to cover various roles through staff absence to deliver help to every child in your care. To see some children upset because they just want to be with you in your classroom and younger children finding online teaching hard, pressures on families to help their children, work and children unable to settle and complete tasks, regression and strain. (Samantha, 43, teacher, Portugal)
  • It is very challenging to find a new routine and to stick to that and also to define limits for oneself. (Alexandra, 34, Digital Marketing Officer, Austria)
  • The difficult part was not being able to see family and friends and not being able to find a job to work . (Chloe, 22, student, South African)
  • I had to undergo through many changes. I had to move to a different country, start online classes, live with my extended family (and therefore experience what is like to have younger brothers), and many other changes. I think the first two weeks were the most difficult regarding all the changes I was facing. But, the most strenuous moment was when I found out that I won’t have a bachelor’s graduation and I won’t get to be in the same classroom with all my friends.  (Manuela, 22, student, El Salvador)
  • Not to go out, meet people, be limited in travelling, thus cutting off the links with my family abroad. (Ana, 42, new business associate, Canada)
  • The most difficult thing for me was that my life completely changed in a matter of weeks as I am sure is the case for so many of us out there.

From not being able to go to work every day and see the children that I so dearly love, to not being able to see friends and walk in the local parks. From plans that have had to be postponed, including both my parents celebrating BIG birthdays and us postponing celebrations .

Celebrating my birthday alone was also particularly hard for me. I have never had to do this before; I have always been able to celebrate with friends.

The challenges of online teaching have been hard too. From having noisy neighbors who decide that while I have my class that they would like to take the time to do some DIY in their homes, to poor internet connections. However, it’s at this point that I would like to point out that I feel extremely blessed that I have my faith  for me personally this is one thing that has kept me going these past few months. (Cath, 44, English Teacher, UK)

Author: reimagine