I have been working through Covid-19 during the entire lockdown and I’m tired and stressed. At first I was very worried because I feel responsible for well everyone but also because I don’t really want to get a virus like Covid-19. I’m not vunerable but I’d just completed a winter where I’d had 5 colds/ flus due to the fact I just see a lot of people anyway and I wasn’t really happy about having to work a minimum wage job while everyone not considered a “key worker” seemed (to me at least) to complain about how bad they had it for having to stay inside. At the beginning of lockdown I’d just self isolated for 2 weeks because I’d had some kind of flu and by staying inside I’d developed the impression from the media and from Podcasts that this thing was being taken seriously and that people were social distancing.
If you found yourself having to work from home with kids, you are not the only one. Millions of professionals saw themselves forced to replace the cubicle with an improvised work desk at home, most often sharing the living room with restless children and playful pets.
I’ve been doing this since I was twelve years old. Now well into my twenties, I’ve still had no two days alike. Each new day at camp throws a new challenge at me.
This morning I was looking up quotes on Pinterest when my significant other asked me what I was doing. I told him what I was doing and he asked me, “Who’s your hero.” Catching me off guard with a question that I had never really thought about as an adult. I sat for a while and thought about what makes someone a hero in your own, personal life. In my head a hero is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out. People who have the courage to push when everyone one else is pulling; fearless everyday people who want not only success for themselves, but for others as well. Unique individuals who know that our world depends on happiness that circulates through. In this time I would have to say that all those large-hearted individuals who are risking their lives during this unforeseen pandemic; they may just be the heroes I described above. Each and every one of them, they play an essential role in our everyday lives. Recognize it or not, half the things we do in our lives, we rely on these kind strangers.
The news of the coronavirus outbreak had been raging on since the first case in the Philippines was reported on January 2020, and I still had to go to work despite the increasing fear and risk of the virus. Headlines of the outbreak dominated the news almost every day, and the cases of COVID-19 gradually rose that the first case of local transmission (the first coronavirus case in the Philippines was a 38-year old Chinese woman who had travel history in Wuhan, the ground zero of the pandemic) was reported on March 2020. From that point, the Philippine government realized that the virus is spreading fast in the country which prompted them to place the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine starting March 17. Initially, the quarantine should last only until April 12 but upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases or IATF-EID, the quarantine was further extended until April 30. After that, the quarantine was then lifted in some areas but in Metro Manila and other "high-risk" areas, the enhanced community quarantine was further extended until May 15. Nevertheless, the government encouraged companies from different sectors to set up flexible working schemes for their employees, including work-from-home and lodging.
“Give me one good reason not to fire you”.
Easily attached. Three days into work, and I’ve already felt like this place is home. It’s like a common problem for me. Because it’s dangerous to feel that comfortable in something that you barely had days to digest.
Immersing in threads of hope and insecurity, pain, and trauma, the injustices, fears and uncertainties, the feeling of being unseen and unheard, not being witnessed, or validated, along with the actions of others can have bold consequences for our careers in the entertainment industry, and especially in our personal lives. These elements of human behavior and human being ness can significantly influence our social development both as individuals and as artists.
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