As the ongoing contest by @steemalive requires us to share our experience and the effect this year has had on us, individually I have mine but since there are so many things which has happened this year ranging from the outbreak of the virus down to the endsars protest which also has it torn on us but I'll ponder mostly on the effect the pandemic has on me
"2020 𝒉𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑠𝑜 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑢𝑠. 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝐼 𝒉𝑎𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝒉𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝒉𝑒 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡𝒉𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑡 𝑛𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝒉𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑟𝑢𝑛. 𝑤𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑐𝒉𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑙 𝑡𝒉𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐 𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡𝒉𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 (𝐶𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑-19)"
It was on December 31st so many people were rushing home and some to market to buy all they'll be needing to celebrate the New year meanwhile I'm one of Jehovah's witnesses so I'm not mostly moved by those celebration. My mom and siblings has a home to our village but it's not my thing it's been years since I last went to that village especially during December period, like usual I stayed back and was very fine and comfortable up until that particular day 31st my cousin sis called me to visit them in their place since I didn't went home and her siblings also went with my mom so I decided to visit and I remembered she asked me to help her get something while coming of which she'll refund when I get there. I withdrew money from my account to buy that and also to cover my expenses for the day and week since the next day will be 1st and it's likely I might not be able to come out. Unfortunately I didn't get that which she requested for and had to come back with the money after spending the day with her. On getting home I found out that the money was no longer with me but the changes I had was there cause that's where I took money for my transport and bought some things on the road but the other block was no longer with me and it's night already. I was dumbfounded, as they were celebrating their new year I was mourning my lost. I couldn't even reply when people tell me happy new year and most of them will say ' it's because he's a witness they don't celebrate New year' The day came and gone and the next day I had to make another withdrawal in order to sustain myself and because of that I was subjected to leave even before my mom return. I left Aba back to Port Harcourt and resume work the following week.
Things went back to normal and I took what happened as part of life's journey and it went off with the past year though it was hard on me then to conceive but no choice.
The rumors of a virus in China was already going on not until we got a news that an Italian man brought the virus to Nigeria and we're forced into the first lockdown on April
Prior to the lockdown we had plans of going to beaches and visiting TINAPA resort with friends in Calabar personally I like traveling and I also got places on my list like kogi and FCT including a business trip to Abeokuta all this were halted as a result of the outbreak. Businesses were close I couldn't go to meetings at the kingdom Hall our special convention was postponed and we couldn't even attend the conventions at our assembly ground. All this and many really take it's torn on me personally
I've never stayed at a place for more than three months without going out of the state or my residing City but I saw how it tastes to stay indoors without working or even having to hang out with friends. I can remember going to supermarket without my facemask and I'll have to come back and get it in order to gain access into the supermarket, sometimes I'll have to stand in a cue cause of limited number of persons that's allowed in a particular time.
Well despite all the changes we had to subject ourselves into we also had time to enjoy ourself, spend time with family members and have more rest and I really thank God for his support and provisions if I'm to say I'll say I really enjoyed those moment but we'll always need that time to go out and work.