Sara’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 used to think I was a stay-at-home type of person. Lockdown made me realise how many things I did that involved me being out and about as well as how much time I actually used to spend outside or travelling. It was a real lesson on learning what meant the most to me and what were the core things I really missed.

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

As part of my university course, I had these costumes to make. The making ended up being the part I was the least worried about; it was the showcasing that was the real trouble. I had spent so much time on these and now I had to take pictures of me wearing them (when they we made to fit other people). I had to use bad photography equipment that I had instead of what I would have had at uni. It felt like a waste.

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?

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I miss live events and being able to have people in my house. I miss the spontaneity of being able to go out to a club, concert or theatre show and hang out with friends, then have everyone stay the night. Now everything needs to be planned a long time in advance with no confirmation things will happen in the future.

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