Gemma’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?

In lockdown I learned that I am one of the most resilient people I know; for context, I live alone, and so all the struggles I went through I could only rely on myself to deal with them. Even for small things, like having a bad day, I had no one around to support me, so I learned how independent I really am.

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

As for a particular moment that is hard to say, however a frequent occurrence that I can recall over lockdown is the amount of people who have no concept of social distancing. This is particularly infuriating because it’s such a small step to take to keep everyone safe, but so many people don’t seem to care.


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 haven’t been able to hug my best friend – who I have known since we were four years old – since I saw them last December. While I managed to see them from a distance once, seeing them without being able to interact with them properly has been heart-breaking. Next time I’m allowed within 2m of them I’m hugging them and not letting go.


If you are affected by anything that has been mentioned in Gemma’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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