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"...it has helped encourage me to work on things I wouldn't usually have enough time for"

Following on from our post at the start of the lockdown, where we heard from some of the Glasgow Youth Ambassadors first impressions of the current situation, we spoke to a couple of our Edinburgh members, Dylan and Ivy to see how they were finding it.

Dylan talked to us about his about his initial feelings of lockdown and how things changed as the weeks went on;

"Well, at least during the isolation I suppose was nice not rushing around to go to appointments, or commitments of any other kind. I mean, don't get me wrong: I enjoy DJ'ing at The ATIK, DJ'ing at Crew, working with Impact Arts, and helping out with the events in general, and all my other commitments, but as you can see, I have quite a lot on, and it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and disorienting! When you have all these places to go it can be quite frankly a bit exhausting. So it was good to have a bit of a break at least and try to adapt to life indoors; I mean, it seems to be helping calm down the entire coronavirus pandemic anyway…

Equally, though it is kind of frustrating that our commitments have been cancelled because of the coronavirus, but it makes us realise that it could be worse. I'm still certainly preparing myself for when I return to any of these commitments when the coronavirus dies down, which I should have plenty time for anyway. Talking of which, with self-isolation, it has kind of helped encourage me to try and work on things I usually probably wouldn't have enough time for, so that's one positive thing I suppose. I've been working a bit more on the things I’m passionate about, like aspects of art and creativity, music in particular.

I’m still keeping in touch with Get2gether during isolation, and we are already discussing the ideas for the next event at the ATIK – We’ve also been discussing what we can do in the meantime, and I'm preparing myself for the next event as well. I’ve also been lyric writing (i.e. for raps), and just generally listening to music and looking to discover new types of music, drawing, script-writing, character-design, etc.

I hope everyone is keeping safe - stay indoors unless you’re going out for essential reasons."

Ivy also talked to us about her experiences at the start of the lockdown and how she is feeling more recently;

"How would I describe my first few weeks of lockdown? In a word… disheartening. I was keeping safe, staying inside, and going online to make new friends. But I very quickly learned that this was nothing more than an endless vacuum that systematically sucked away my happiness. It was only after letting go that I finally realised what I was missing… my real friends. But genuine friends that I could rely and depend upon. Who I love and care for deeply. Who I knew genuinely cared when I had a problem.

Let us fast-forward to week 8 of lockdown. Tim shares his screen on Discord as we sit around playing Jackbox Tv. We laugh as Chris puts funny answers down in Quiplash. Cringe at the difficulty of the questions on Trivia Murder Party. Well, I say difficulty. We know the answers, however, it is a bit hard to answer correctly when you have been forced to cut a finger off as a part of a Penalty Game. Particularly when that is the one needed for correctly imputing Tanzania. But it was a communal struggle, shared by all those gathering here this day, endeavouring to crush one another and be the last one standing… as we friends always do. It felt amazing. We weren’t in the same room obviously, but hearing each of us as we laughed, cheered, and threw shady comments at one another, warmed my heart. Gave me hope that I will see them again soon, smiley, happy and safe.

Though lockdown has been far from easy – it has been challenging, anxiety-inducing and frustrating in equal measure – it would have been far worse not having friends, family and loved ones there to support me. So, to my friends, I say thank you. Know that you have my love and I will always be there to support you.

To everyone reading this at home; stay safe and know that you are never alone. If you ever need a friend or someone to talk to, please know you have a friend in me!"

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