Journal of Pandemics – Part IV

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 brought us all different lessons, that, as it turns out, in the end of the day, are all the same : gratitude, faith, living in the present, appreciation of the small things in life as well as giving back to the community, supporting the other in their grief and difficult times. Some of us have even learned about public health and epidemiology, some others have learned to challenge inappropriate authority while others have found ways to accept disappointments or experience limits. Here are some insights from our friends all over the world :

Is there anything that you’ve learned from it ?

  • Nothing is for granted. Everything can change in a second and you have to adapt to new things. Change is hard.  (Alina, 43, PA, living at the border Belgium- The Netherlands)
  • Absolutely, I learned that living within a disconnected world is not that bad as I thought. Having the right people and passions can play a huge part in making the self-isolation easier. (Eduard, 21, Software Engineering Student, Denmark)
  • I have learnt to appreciate the small things in life. (Pedro, 40, Head of Marketing and Admissions, Portugal)
  • Experiencing limits; reconsidering values; accepting disappointments; discovering new paths. (Katherine, 79, arts activist, USA)
  • This pandemic and the lockdown period were a good lesson of acceptance and of social responsibility. Most of us had to accept the situation, adapt to it, and be mindful of how our lack of responsibility impacts other people. These are valuable lessons that only an exceptional context can teach us. (Davi, 35, journalist, Brazil)
  • What I’ve learned is that everyone tackles thing differently, even though I may be finding a situation easier others might be struggling, I have also learned that it is important to build relationships and if you cannot see a person it doesn’t mean you’re not in their thoughts and that you can count on them. (Jaryd , 21, student, England)
  • I have learnt that there are actually very few things, materially speaking, that we really need. This period has stripped everything down to the essentials. It has shown me that wise relationships, deep communication and conscious loving are the most important things. I have been reminded to find the joy in small things – I appreciate the beach, a walk in nature, the freedom for my kid to play in a playground much more than I did before. It has been a great reminder to not take things for granted. In many ways, although these are scary and challenging times, I feel grateful and fortunate and I am actively looking for ways to turn this into an opportunity for growth and learning, instead of pain and hardship (Alis, 37, trainer & coach, Australia)
  • Value family, friends and relationships much more – rather than “things and individual activities”.  They are more important than ANYTHING else in the world! (Sue, 60, retired administrator, Vietnam)
  • I learned a lot about virology, epidemiology, and public health. (Alexander, 35, IT engineer, Austria)
  • Everything is unexpected. One day you could travel abroad, the next day the borders were closed. I have learned that it is better to travel as much as you can , appreciate what you have, wake up every day being grateful and wake up with a plan to do something for your community. (Monica, 41, data specialist, Singapore).
  • I learned to value much more hugging a close friend and not to take that for granted. (Paul, 27 , data analyst, Denmark)
  • Never take anyone or anything for granted. Leave in the present and make it good enough. (Vlad, 42, legal and business consultant, Belgium)
  • The more fear people have the easier they can be manipulated. (Alois , 63, Senior Staff, Austria)
  • I have learnt to stop procrastinating or waiting for a better moment and live more in the now/here space. I have learnt to pay attention to the small parts that can become big, happy things. I have also learned a thousand new recipes and I’ve become better than all Dr House’s crew at distinguishing between a cold, a flu and Covid 19:) (Aurelia, 44, teacher, Greece)
  • I am more mindful and responsible regarding consumption, food waste and pollution. (Alexandra, 34, Digital Marketing Officer, Austria)
  • That we need to challenge our governments and not accept everything they say/do. They work for the populations not the other way around…. (Anonymous, 39, airline pilot, Belgium.)
  • Don’t take anything for granted. Have an emergency plan. Be cautious and minimise risk. Become more confident with ICT and the need to be able to have a plan of action to deliver a service. Deliver quality over quantity. Family time is so important. (Samantha, 43, teacher, Portugal)
  • I have learnt to slow down in life and enjoy each day as a blessing. I have learnt to appreciate time with my family and make each day count. (Chloe, 22,  student, South African)
  • Resilience and patience. Also, now I value and I am more thankful for what I have. (Manuela, 22 , student , El Salvador)
  • Our society has to change its priorities in order to evolve and survive. (Claudia, 38, clinical psychologist, Belgium)
  • I’ve learned to appreciate life more and seize the day.  (Ana-Maria, 42, new business associate, Canada)
  • I have learnt that I need to be more patient and just take each day as it comes. Also, to hold on to the fact that this won’t be forever. Things will, and have begun to get back to some kind of normality or “The new normal” as some people are saying.  I have felt closer to family and friends during this time even though some maybe thousands of miles away. I am thankful for modern technology even with its mishaps and glitches. Lastly, but by no means least, I have learnt that my faith is what has kept me going at this crazy time.  (Cath, 44, English Teacher, UK)

Author: reimagine