My name is Andre and I used to work as a bartender. Unfortunately, I was laid off together with my colleagues when the pub we were working for closed. It was heartbreaking and until now, I think of it as a hard pill to swallow.

I am still shocked with how this pandemic has progressed in such a short time. I would blame our government for their lack of action, but I have been blaming myself for not being prepared enough for these kinds of things.

I’ve been forced to find other sources of income to support my family, but the times have not been kind. The rejections kept piling up and that has caused so much anxiety and fear – fear of what lies beyond this never-ending nightmare! We were way behind on rent, with food just enough to keep us from begging out on the streets. I kept praying and telling myself not to give up, even if at times I felt so hopeless and helpless.

After months of searching, I finally found a job at a small restaurant. They were kind enough to take me in and I’ve never been so thankful in my life. This experience has definitely been an eye opener for me and my family. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we should never take the things we have for granted, no matter how small or big.

Another thing I learned during this pandemic is that we may all be in the same boat, but we might be experiencing different storms.

Be kind to everyone! Finally, a good night’s sleep.