SAARAN ALI

19 Isolated

In September 2019 I have moved from primary school to high school then I began year 7. I was all excited for this new start seeing new people, new friends and teachers I was so happy for all the new sports that I was going to do in P.E. Just as I was settling in the brand new school and new year 2020.


My friends were talking about this virus but I didn’t think much about it, it's too far away to affect me. In March my teachers and friends began taking more time off school and were frequently absent, it was like being in a horror film. Even the news was full of new updates about the virus. Day after day briefings, updates, breaking news, gossip, lies and I started to worry….


I was abruptly told that I would not be attending school until further notice it was all quite sudden and I did not expect to be absent from school for no longer than two weeks. Well it's been four months and being home and isolated for so long it's made me miss my daily routine and being at school.

 

My feelings for the virus are full of hatred as it has pretty much taken all of my social life and routine away, as well as all the thousands of lives taken away and the news said Black and Asian people were hit the hardest. That made me afraid for my family.


I miss playing football, going out to eat, meeting my friends and shopping; I used to be able to do all these things freely and take them for granted but now everything regarding a person from another family needs social distancing which frankly can get annoying at times. I hope when I look back at this time from many years from now, I want to remember the times I had fun with my family, eating home-baked cakes and not feeling isolated.

Location

Rochdale

 

How has life been for you under Covid-19?

It has been hard to stay at home these past few months because it is boring each day gets harder and harder life has just been repetitive for weeks and weeks, months after months. When my school teacher said you will have to stay at home for 2 weeks. I was so happy as I thought I would not have to complete any work but I was wrong I had plenty of work to finish. Boris J all ways said repeated the same message ‘stay home stay safe to protect the NHS’ ‘stay home’ that was the one that gets me angry because I just wanted to go outside but at the same time I knew it was best for me to stay at home so I was safe and not putting my family at risk of the virus.


What is your chosen creative activity and explain why you have chosen to do this piece

My creative thing in lockdown was a short story and the time I had to draw a skeleton for school I thought that I did a really good job for it and it took a lot of time into it, I think it took me around 2 hours to draw it an colour it. Also, my other creative thing was surprising my dad with a homemade card that I made for him for father day card, I thought I did well on it also I got him 3 Hugo Boss t-shirts, a super dry jacket and Nike pants for him.

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