What’s On Your Mind?: Quarantine Stories, Part III

In this new series, we reach out to people from different cities under community quarantine and ask them what's on their mind. Here are their stories.

Everything is just uncertain nowadays. With the pandemic we're all experiencing, the need to adapt and the anxiety that comes with it, we are left with too many thoughts in our mind that need to be aired. In this new series, we reach out to people from different walks of life under community quarantine and ask them a simple question: "What's On Your Mind?" Here are their stories.

Thysz Estrada, 33, BGC
Freelance Writer

The gradual acceptance of a new normal is what terrifies most of us but in the next century, these upheavals will be commonplace until we don't remember what's normal anymore. Unlike the last life-redefining global tragedy that was 9/11, we're faced with an equally deadly but invisible enemy. COVID-19 is blind to race, class, age, sex or political ideology. Therefore the key to our survival is a massive realignment of our values — how we choose our leaders or even how we must be led, how we consume, how we treat our environment, the redistribution of wealth, and most of all the rejection of individualism in favor of the welfare of the entire community.
 

Anna Yulo, 28, Quezon City
PR & Media Department Head

My initial feeling about this lockdown was that it would turn into one big "us vs. them" thing because people would be thinking about their own survival. But as the days and weeks passed, I started seeing that while the lockdown is keeping us apart physically, it's also bringing people together.


People's lives were changed in a span of 3 weeks.

3 weeks ago, everyone had their own agenda. 3 weeks ago, we had people to see, places to visit, plans to make. And today, people have set those aside to flatten the curve and to support our front liners.

They say that the best way to bring people together is to give them a common enemy, but I think true unity is formed when you give people a common goal.
 

Jen Gerodias-Diaz, 43, Makati
CEO, Snoe Beauty Inc.

I felt a mixture of emotions for the whole 2 weeks of quarantine. Worried, for the people who are out of work and can't feed their families. Fear & panic, for my mom who recently came from traveling, who was exhibiting symptoms. Paranoia, that I was exhibiting symptoms myself. Frustrated at the gov't for being unprepared, some getting VIP treatment and just unqualified to govern. Anger, when I see the news/fake news on social media. Calm, when I left social media and some chat groups. Relief, when we got my Mom's results and it was negative. Grateful that the people I love are safe and healthy. Hopeful, that when this all ends we are stronger, better people.

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