Updated: May 30
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” CS Lewis.
During the lockdown, many young people who had been living away from home found themselves returning to their families. However, there are also those who are still away from home, and their experiences vary. One young person shares her story of being away from home for an extended period and then returning during the lockdown. She talks about how being away has shaped her behaviors, habits, and lifestyle. She may have developed a sense of independence, learned to manage her own finances, and adapted to a different environment. Returning home during the lockdown has brought about a significant change in dynamics. She shares her experiences of readjusting to living with her family, reconciling her newfound independence with the rules and expectations at home, and reconnecting with her loved ones. This transition may have its challenges, as she navigates through the shift from a self-reliant lifestyle to living in a familial setting again. Her story highlights the unique experiences and emotions that young people encounter when they return home after an extended period away. It sheds light on the complexities of adapting to new circumstances and the evolving dynamics within family relationships.
"Lockdown is treating me well! It's been 5 years that I'm staying away from home due to study purposes and I barely get a chance to spend time with my family and enjoy being at home. During this lockdown period, I tried to engage myself with household stuff, helping my mom, gardening, and my personal growth. I realized I didn't share so many emotions with them before. Now, I feel not to leave my home. We have started to talk about movies, dance, politics, and so much more. And still, so much to share...
Sometimes I get disturbed thinking about what will happen to studies. But as of now, I don't care. I would love to live these moments with my family".
Encouraging young people to share their stories via email at firstname.lastname@example.org provides them with a platform to express themselves and have their voices heard. It allows for a broader audience to learn from their experiences, relate to their emotions, and find inspiration in their journeys.