Amelia’s Story

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This article is one in a series of stories featuring real experiences, thoughts and feelings from young people living in Cardiff during lockdown. To see the other stories, please click here.


Q1. During lockdown, what is the most important thing that you’ve learnt about yourself?

I feel I have learnt to be comfortable within myself more than before. It feels like it was a forced transition to be honest, like it would’ve happened eventually but maybe not so soon. I have spent more time alone than ever and I actually think it’s been good for me.


Q2. What has been your most memorable moment during lockdown?

Possibly the most memorable moment was submitting my dissertation proposal. 6000 words I wrote totally during lockdown. I did have some calls with my dissertation tutor, but I really felt I did it mostly solo. I was a massive relief to submit it, after weeks of being stressed and nervous.


Q3. Explain what things that you miss most from your life before COVID-19. How will you not take them for granted in the future?

I will never ever take for granted grabbing a quick coffee with a friend or nipping to the pub for a pint and chat in the evening. I have never been a hugely social person, even thinking that the pub wasn’t for me. But lockdown has really highlighted the importance of a social life, and of my friends and how deeply we need each other.

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If you are affected by anything that has been mentioned in Amelia’s story, please talk to Meic, a confidential helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. Contact Meic in Welsh or English – it’s up to you! They are open 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. You can contact them by phone (080880 23456), text message (84001) or online chat. It is a free service for everyone.

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