Journal of Pandemics – Part III

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 replică frumoasă și inspirată la îndemnul lansat de pandorrieni în pandemie – să fim puternici, uniți, empatici și incredibil 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 acest 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 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.”


The pandemic period, besides the hard times and lots of difficulties, has also brought some benefits for some of us, and we have asked our friends all over the world, from San Salvador to Australia, to share with us and give us confidence that there may be light at the end of the tunnel, that tomorrow is another day and the sun will always shine. From spending time with families, to reading, resting, learning a new skill or just sitting in the garden, to starting to become more familiar with technology or finishing graduation thesis, they all inspired us into always doing our part, into doing better.

Has there been any benefit for you ?

  • Spending more time with the family, focusing more on the personal life instead of work, meeting friends and so on. (Alexander, 35, IT engineer, Austria)
  • I could spend more time with my 7 year old daughter and clean my house.
    My daughter put many of her toys outside for other kids to take them (for free). Our house became popular and we also got rid of many of her stuff : )
    I read much more. The library in our village offered to come to everyone’s house and bring 5 books of choice that you could read in 1 month and bring them back (there was a hole in the whole of the library where they kept the books in quarantaine – very ingenious). (Alina, 43, PA, living at the border Belgium- The Netherlands)
  • Yes! It was helpful to create a new routine such as my current home workout and become more productive despite of the social distancing happening all around. It did help me discover new passions such as recording vlogs and drawing for fun, but the best thing that happened to me was to be aware of my daily schedule, having the full control and trying to manage the time spent during various activities, without affecting my performance. (Eduard, 21, Software Engineering Student, Denmark)
  • Discovered we can do a lot more from home than you think. (Pedro, 40, Head of Marketing and Admissions, Portugal)
  • This interruption to my life has been a gift, unburdened (because of my age) by a sense of urgency or of opportunities missed.  I have enjoyed stepping back and living more simply.  (Katherine, 79 , arts activist, USA)
  • Yes. I have noticed that I managed to organise my time more efficiently and that overall I have more time for my hobbies, such as reading, meditating&jogging. Another very positive thing was that many people managed to adapt easily to the new virtual reality and that the elderly learned easily how to use certain online communication tools. This was the case of some members of my family from Brazil, for instance. In this way, we talked and saw each other more often than in normal conditions. (Davi, 35, journalist, Brazil)
  • The benefit is that I get to spend more time with my family that I don’t usually get to do due to work and university, I have found that it has really helped grow more of a relationship with my parents amongst challenges throughout. During this time communication is important and it has shown that there are people who care for you and the friends that you can rely on. It has also shown that although everything has come to a standstill I am able to do things I couldn’t do while at university and that is fully focus on my well-being.  (Jaryd , 21, student, England)
  • Yes – less travelling – I was on planes a lot. More time spent with my husband and child. It was also an opportunity to stretch myself professionally and become aware of things I didn’t know I was capable of. There is an opportunity to reinvent the way I do things, to embrace new technologies. It has also been a great opportunity for deeper reflection about what matters most.  (Alis ,37 , trainer & coach, Australia)
  • Definitely closer to my family and friends -in spite of the inability to see them in person.  Facebook and social media helps connect the world. (Sue, 60 years old, retired administrator, Vietnam)
  • Spending quality time with my daughter. Work flexibility.  (Paul, 27, data analyst,  Denmark)
  • Less pollution, even the plants seem to have a brighter colour. Less stress when having lunch, fuel saving, less car usage for unimportant things.  (Marco, 63, engineer, Firenze, Italy)
  • Reading time, kind and calm meditation as a rule rather than an exception, improving my touch (macro) photography style. And playing with my kids. Up to the moon and back. (Vlad, 42, legal and business consultant, Belgium)
  • No, I didn’t have any benefit, except maybe one, that I learned that a lot of my acquaintances showed some personal behavior, which I did not know until now. Positive and negative. (Alois, 63, Senior Staff, Austria)
  • I realized that 80% of the staff that we have at home is made in China. I hope that people really start to realize that all is somehow linked and that our behavior has consequences for all of us.  (Alexandra, 34, Digital Marketing Officer, Austria)
  • No. Nothing particular. (Anonymous, 39, airline pilot, Belgium.)
  • The strength and love of our family. I find I am more thought of than I knew before, respected and liked by our school family. In times of need I can be relied on. Found lots of resources and sources of information I would not have found before. People sharing and caring for each other. Online courses to keep current that I can work around my busy schedule. (Samantha, 43, teacher, Portugal)
  • Yes there has been. It has given me more time to obtain new skills that I never would of been able to if I didn’t have this much free time. (Chloe, 22, student, South African)
  • Finally spending time doing nothing. (Claudia, 38, clinical psychologist, Belgium)
  • The process of writing my thesis became easier, I had almost no distractions. Also, I started reconnecting with my artistic side.  (Manuela, 22, student , El Salvador)
  • Besides taking the chance to brush up on old skills and catch up with reading and watching movies, we strengthened relationships trying to make each other’s daily routine more enjoyable. (Aurelia, 44, teacher, Greece)
  • Maybe having more time to relax and do things I haven’t done in a while. (Ana, 42, new business associate, Canada)
  • The benefit was that I could work from home, commuting takes three hours daily. (Monica, 41, data specialist, Singapore).
  • I feel that this time has taught me how to rely more on my faith more so now than ever before. On a practical note I have had time to spend participating in some online courses which I believe can be helpful for me and my work in the future. Maybe one day I will be able to teach others what I have learnt.
  • I have also had time to just sit, and maybe to colour or to talk with friends on Zoom or WhatsApp for longer than I usually would. (Cath, 44,  teacher,  Bristol, UK)

Author: reimagine