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Dear Covid-19: Thanks for giving me the privilege of time

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In her Dear Covid-19 letter, estate succession planner Eileen Sim shares how the outbreak has given her the time to rest.

Dear Covid-19 is a memory project by the National Youth Council (NYC) in partnership with DSTNCT, to shed light on everyday life when Singapore came to a standstill as everyone stayed home.

This is a collection of letters to COVID-19 from young Singaporeans from all walks of life, each going through their own struggles and/or victories. The following story was submitted by Eileen Sim, a 29-year-old estate succession planner, on May 28, 2020:

"Dear COVID-19,

We are approaching the last few days of the circuit breaker. I didn't learn how to cook. I didn't learn how to bake. I didn't take up a new skill. I didn't develop a workout routine. But, what I had in return is time - something that we have been neglecting and taken for granted in our daily lives previously.

Time when I finally caught up with all the old shows like Descendants of the Sun from years ago because watching shows was the least priority in my life as it's felt like a waste of my time to me (once you start on a show you can take 2-3 FULL days to finish it).

Time when I get to eat three meals a day because my new work-from-home colleague (my dad) ensures that we eat every single meal or more, so much so that I grew fatter.

Time when I have been able to see my parents more than ever as compared to the past.

Time when I get to tidy my wardrobe, mask my face, and just sleep the entire day a little more often as these used to be my lower priorities.

I'm always on a constant hustle - whether it's work or out for dinner and drinks after work or cafe hopping, finding activities during the weekend or travelling during leaves that I never felt like I have a proper rest till now.

I've never felt so rested. I've never felt like I have more than enough time to do every other thing that is at the back of my mind.

I know this 'break' is a privilege we will never have again once life resumes.

So, thank you for gifting me time." 

If you would like to contribute your stories, click here. 

BANNER AND TEASER PHOTO IMAGE: EILEEN SIM

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