“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him, do not fret when people succeed in their ways.” Psalms 37:7

This is the struggle that I have been having since the beginning of the circuit breaker “It was like a dream come true, agency life, hard work and a good time to put my skills to good news”. However, I lost my job 5 days into my new contract. I began digging frantically into what was next in my life, I was surprisingly very calm and came to accept the fact that life for the next 2 months would become very bleak. There were 2 instances where I qualified for the position but the response stared back at me like a dagger straight into my heart. “Due to COVID-19, we are unable to move forward with this role, Let us keep in contact in the near future.”

I started teaching social media for free, upgraded my skills in wordpress, advertising, and began writing articles and started sharing my stories through whatever skills I had. These included accounts on Eurasian culture and its endangered existence. This of course came with a few attempts of cooking curry debal and shepherd’s pie. That’s not all, I began to write about my faith journey in pockets of time which was something I wanted to do for such a long time. This also gave me time to think about where God was in my life and reflect about the times I took for granted.

Rest assured, I found a temporary job at Cold Storage where I could put my customer service skills to good use serving people and trying to get things started. These episodes gave me time to exercise as well as to watch my diet especially with the absence of McDonalds. I know the road ahead was not easy but I am grateful to have some very supportive friends in the community and my mum around me in moving forward in my life. To those who have been here during a very challenging period, thank you very much. All hope is not lost and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and a brighter future ahead.

Daryl Stewart