Sophie’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?

To never take anything for granted and to appreciate all the positive things & people in my life. I realised that I didn’t need materialistic things to be happy. Also, I didn’t realise how much I’d actually love dog walks. I walked a lot with my little family.


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

We were so lucky to buy a puppy at the beginning of lockdown. A ‘lockdown puppy’ has been a hot topic in the press but our Marley has bought us so much joy during this horrible year. My most memorable moment during lockdown was the day he arrived at our house, 9 weeks old and a gorgeous teddy bear.

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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?

Definitely being able to see family whenever I wanted. My Nanna and I are very close, and I’ve found it so difficult to not be able to jump in the car and go and visit her. I’ve only seen her twice this year and it’s been so difficult for both her and us.


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