Radmila's experience of kindness during the pandemic
When we first went into lockdown in March, I was very worried and frightened because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A few days into lockdown, I contacted my GP to ask for medication to aid my anxiety and difficulty sleeping. I was terrified of going outside because of my underlying health condition, and I began to panic when I realised that I was unable to get the necessary supplies I needed online.
As I woke up one morning, after another sleepless night, I saw a note at my door that had been dropped through the letterbox. The note was from my neighbour who offered to bring me anything I needed from the shops. I was struck by my neighbours’ kindness, and I felt such happiness and gratitude as I read the note. The note couldn’t have come at a better time.
I phoned my neighbour to thank her, and we ended up having a long conversation, which soon became a daily occurrence. She began to regularly bring me necessities and leave them at my door. Due to my health condition, we maintained zero physical condition to keep us both safe.
The way my neighbour supported my mental health was far more important than the items she was bringing me. She told me I could call her any time, day or night, if I felt like I needed a chat. Through her support, I felt less lonely and anxious, and I did not need the medication my doctor has prescribed for my anxiety and sleeplessness. Despite my neighbour suffering from a serious health condition, she constantly provided me with support and positive energy. She truly is an inspiration.
My love for cooking and baking added a new dimension to the relationship between my neighbour and I. I was more than happy to share my soups and cakes with her, especially when she expressed her enjoyment of them during our phone calls. We began a system, where she would bring a pot or bowl and leave it at my door. I would then fill up the dish with my home-cooked food, and she would pick it up.
Even though we did not physically see each other for months, we were in constant contact on a daily basis and we soon became an important part in each other’s lives. Despite coronavirus, her kindness made me combat my loneliness, as well as aided my anxiety and issues with sleep. I cannot truly express my gratefulness for her kindness.