Since March last year, we have given readers a chance to share how living in lockdown has affected them.
Today, we have a submission from a teenager in the town. Maybe their view will surprise you, or maybe you’ll recognise their outlook in yourself or your own children.
They have asked to remain anonymous.
I was 14 when lockdown started, and I was happy. I lived in a lovely big house with a big garden surrounded by fields and friendly neighbours, so I really had everything to keep me occupied, or so I thought.
The first couple weeks of lockdown were amazing.
Even though I was meant to be doing schoolwork, I never did as like many students distance learning was a poor substitute to being in the classroom and it was very hard to get motivated.
But in a way, this helped remove the stress of my world from my shoulders and it was a time where I could just relax and literally do nothing.
I would stay up all night on call to my friends until 7 am the next morning.
We’d chat on apps like House Party and Instagram, and then I would sleep all through the daytime and wake up at ridiculous times like 6 pm.
I never thought I could meet that many new people on my phone, I really made some good friendships online.
I started to get very frustrated and anxious
I would go out to see the sunrise every morning because I was still awake and it was the most relaxing thing ever. I would love to go back to those days.
However, as the COVID cases started to go up and the Government said that we had to stay at home for even longer, I started to get very frustrated and anxious.
I missed my friends and my family so much.
Even though it was wrong I used to sneak out and meet my friends, socially distanced, especially when the weather started to get nice as it was one of the things that made me happy.
Luckily, the rules started to relax as the summer came which gave me one of the best summers of my life, but was that the right thing for the Government to do?
They said “Eat Out to Help Out”, but was it really helping out?
Lockdown gave me some freedom
Even though it helped the economy I feel that it put us back into another lockdown and we all missed out on what was supposed to be a great Christmas.
For me, there were highs and lows of the lockdown. Of course, it was not easy for everyone, and many people are still feeling the impact of COVID.
I feel very lucky that COVID didn’t impact my family in the way it did others.
For me, lockdown gave me some freedom that might not have been possible, and I would do anything to go back to those first few weeks and the summer of 2020, it was amazing.
How to submit your own lockdown experience
Sharing your experiences, and how coronavirus is affecting you, will help others and also create a social record of how coronavirus is affecting us all.
How you write your experiences is entirely up to you. But here are some pointers:
- Please submit photos to accompany the piece
- Describe who you are? Are you a teenager, a parent, business owner or volunteer. Who you are will help readers understand your point of view
- Write it in a way that’s personal to you and your experiences
- You can talk about anything you want. How you feel, what you’re doing differently, how family life is at home, but be honest
- You can write a diary style piece, a list of ideas, or simply a story, be as creative as you like
- Try to write no more than 400 words
Send your article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions from all ages are welcome. You may remain anonymous if you wish, but we will still need your full name and address for our records.