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Hope Waaka - 2021 Deputy Head Girl
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My Experience in Lockdown

Hope Waaka —

If there were words that I could use to describe my experience in lockdown last year the words that would come to my mind would be lonely, trapped and confused.

Lockdown for myself last year was very gloomy. I was lost, very down and all I wanted to do was escape from it all.

Not saying that I did not have support from my loving whanau at the time because I definitely did. I just was not in the right headspace to do anything. I did not complete work during that time, I was very sad and would lock myself in my room everyday. Don’t get me wrong there were great days where I would get out and be active but the majority of the time those days weren’t so great.

My days during lockdown this year consist of walks around the neighbourhood, zoom calls with my teachers, workouts with the whanau, eating delicious homemade meals, finishing off assessments, quizz nights with the whānau on Kahoot, cooking competitions and relaxing in my nice cozy bed.

Although my lockdown last year wasn’t the best, I am very grateful for it. Some might wonder why I am grateful for having such a terrible time. Well, I am because It has taught me many things. It has taught me resilience, it has taught me how to be strong, it has taught me about being grateful for having so much support around me and it has taught me to get some fresh air and exercise when I am feeling low.

I have realised that I can’t complain or be down about the life that I have now whether it is in lockdown or not. I have realised that for some lockdown is a real struggle. There are children or people who are not in the best environment, there are children who aren’t experiencing love or support and people who have lost their jobs to help provide for their families.

I hope that my challenges and accomplishments through lockdown shines light onto those who are struggling during this time. It is not easy at all, it is tough it really is but I want people to know that they are not alone, we are all in this together and there are so many people out there including myself who are here to help and support wherever we can.

So many people say that life is like a rollercoaster and you know what it truly is. Something important that I have taken out of my experiences during lockdown was that it won't always be easy in life, there won’t always be good days, there will be times where we will fall and it is okay not to be okay but at the end of the day what I have realised is that you, we and I are doing the best we can.

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before. How infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever” - Quote : Zahid Abas

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