Room for Thought

Good afternoon from an appartment in Tartu. We’ve been in quarantine since the 13th of March, almost a month by now. It might not be the most fun thing to do and honestly I would prefer to be working at the youth center right now. But we’ve got to hold on to stop the spread of the virus as much as we can, for the people we love and those who are less fortunate. I have always been an indoors kind of person, but even I get bored of being inside after some time. We try to go outside as little as possible (a walk once every two days and going tot he grocery store) and always desinfect our hands and faces after going outside. It feels like we’re in a science fiction movie at times.

What I think is the worst side-effect of all of this is that I don’t feel like doing anything, it’s just a pretty demotivating situation. I’d just spend hours and hours on my phone or gaming and lately I feel like I want to make the most of my last few weeks here. And so, I put an app on my phone that checks my time and locks certain apps whenever I go over the time that I allowed to myself and try to do other things I like to do instead. I’ve started picking up reading again after a few years of barely reading anything and I’m trying to start writing. What I would like to do is start to learn how to program, even if it’s just a little bit. It makes me quite sad that I probably won’t be able to see the youths anymore during my time here, because I really appreciate the time we spent at the youth center. Oh well, it’s for a good cause.

My family back home is less fortunate than we are here. Thankfully, none of them are sick as of now. There have been 148 confirmed cases of people with the coronavirus in my city alone, with almost twenty thousand confirmed cases nationwide. Twothousand of those people have died. Those are some scary numbers, especially if you consider that the situation isn’t that bad in the Netherlands. I’m quite worried about my family, especially about my grandparents and my mother, who works in the local hospital. Thankfully, I keep regular contact (skype, videocalling) with them and I know that they’re okay.
Alright, that’s it from me. I hope you all have a nice day and stay strong out there. It may be boring but trust me, you’re going to be fine. Take proper care of yourself, make the most of the situation and enjoy the weather – from your backyard or balcony 😊


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