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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

Today is 10th May 2020, day 33 of being stuck at home. It has been 5 weeks since the announcement of the circuit breaker on 3rd April 2020 (Friday).

 

It has been awhile since I have been home for such an extended period of time, with National Service before and me staying in hall. I am usually at home only on the weekends, and even so, I am not always in the house, as I sometimes go out with my friends and my girlfriend. Staying at home every day and seeing my parents, it is only now that I realise how much my parents have aged, especially my mother with her white hair growing out. I am ever so grateful for my parents and I am truly blessed to have such a comfortable life.

 

Your arrival has given me the opportunity to pick up new skills. I have been watching YouTube tutorials to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I also went back to learning how to play the guitar. It’s been awhile since I last touched the guitar, so the strings have turned rusty. Thanks to you, I have also been working out more than ever. My family actually threw out a part of our sofa to make more space in our living room to exercise.

I feel lonely at times being at home and I crave social interaction.

I miss having the freedom to leave the house whenever. I miss going out on dates with my girlfriend. I miss the sights and sounds of people going about their daily lives. I miss going out without the fear of contracting the virus. I feel lonely at times being at home and I crave social interaction. I just pray for it to be over soon.

 

I am grateful for the strong steadfast leadership of our government in managing the country in times of crisis. I am grateful for the health care workers for their selflessness in taking care of the infected. I am grateful for the front line workers who continue to go to work to ensure that our essential services are maintained. I am grateful for all the little things in life that we often take for granted. Looking forward, our lives will be different. But I hope that the goodness that has arisen from this pandemic will continue to be prevalent in more certain times.

Javier Teo

08 May 2020