In the last few months I can tell that my life changed a lot, the way I am feeling as well.
I arrived from France in January, right after the bushfires, it was already a hard time for the whole community and I could feel how devastating it was for everyone. Now I can say that for once I feel much safer here than I would be at home, in France.
The situation is really critical back there, but I feel really grateful and thankful that my family and my friends are all feeling okay. Some of them contracted the virus but they are feeling much better now. I am still afraid for them especially for my grandparents and my loved ones who are working in the healthcare system.
With the current situation, we need to look for good news among the bad, and this is what I am looking for.
For a few weeks I tried not to look at my phone in the morning until after I had some breakfast, as every news item came during the night, as the time in France is eight hours behind.
When the situation became critical I was very stressed. I am an intern at Bega District News, and all of my classmates were also in other countries all around the world. They were all trying to go back home a few weeks ago.
Almost all of them did as their internships were finished or got cancelled because of the situation, especially those who were working in tourism. It was a stressful time as all of those who were in Europe got threatened and tried to go back home as fast as possible.
Even though I did not plan on going back home, it stressed me so much, as some were afraid to be stuck where they were. It was a stressful time for everyone.
Some of my closest friends are still dotted all around the world, in Peru and Ireland for example. We are still in touch and we are trying to call each other once in a while, but with the time differences it is kind of difficult!
Seeing that everyone is okay makes me feel better. I try to look at the French news a few times a week, but every time it is really heartbreaking...
On Monday, April 13, the President Emmanuel Macron announced that the lockdown will last until at least May 11, but restaurants and bars will stay closed.
While trying to get my mind off those bits of news, I am exercising every two days and it helps a lot, reading books is also really helpful, along with listening to music and watching comedy shows. I feel also very grateful that I am still able to work and I still enjoy it!
I also try to chat with my family and friends every day to check if everyone is still okay. I can only imagine what is going on there - as long as my loved ones are fine, I feel better.
In these times, we need to do things that help us feel better, things we enjoy doing to get our minds off hard times. These are hard times for everyone, anywhere, we are all in this together and we will get through this together as well!
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