During one focus group for the project “Youth Ambassadors of Non-Formal Learning ” we got to meet Nia Donova from Vratsa – almost 17 years old and very active in all paths of life! We asked her to share a little more about how life has changed during times of social isolation and how she’s handled the changes and she has some wonderful and inspiring things to share. Read on!
In the period of the state of emergency, my life really wasn’t all that changed. In my spare time I like to be involved in all kinds of activities, which change all the time. I like changing things up. The state of emergency helped me think over my life and note that I don’t pay attention to the little everyday things, which I take for granted but I can’t do without like meeting friends.
I’m a very social person. I love people. I love listening to people, talking to people, just being around people. The situation limited my contacts a lot though. And what do we do when we lose something we love? Exactly. We look for an alternative and we don’t give up. Personally, I found my alternative in reading books and doing sports. What better than turning ourselves in our own self-help machine? We all know that feeling of getting lost in a good novel and not being able to stop until the end of it comes. And sport… sport shows us how much we love ourselves. Personally, I have been swimming for years. When I go in the water, I feel an energy surging inside me – an energy that needs to be exhausted. During isolation I couldn’t go though, because pools were closed. So I went to step two – dry training. I trained from home and went running where there are no people around.
This is how I spent the last two months – it was difficult but not impossible, and everything has its good and bad sides. The situation may limit my contacts but it has brought me closer to my family. In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s so rare to think about the little things – the little things that actually make us the way we are.
The project “Youth Ambassadors of Non-formal Learning” is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (608821-EPP-1-2019-1-BA-EPPKA2-CBY-WB).