My Pandemic Journey

Feyza Papak
Posted September 30, 2020 from Turkey

Dear friends,

The Year 2020 has been a very interesting experience for all of us. It's an interesting year in which national moods gain a universal dimension.

In fact, the year 2020 is a tiny example of how mother nature can show us the results of our actions to the world. The damage that the plastics we use while combating the disease will cause nature and the process to be entered is a complete vicious cycle.

The date when schools are closed in Turkey on March 16 is a turning point for me. While working as a swimming teacher, I was suddenly helpless at the screen. While I had good mobility in the pool, I was having trouble outside of the pool because I had Parkinson's disease and I turned into a person who did not know what to do. It could not be said that I was very open to change. When I said the side effects of the drugs I used, the trouble of being at home all the time, I felt increasingly worse.

As the process continued like this, some rumors started to circulate about us giving physical education lessons online. I guess it would have been better if they spilled boiling water over my head. Because I had a muscle tear in my left hip, I had a serious walking problem, and I did not have the visual aesthetics to have physical education lessons. I was feeling very helpless.

Amidst these demoralizations, there was a suggestion that I should give an Origami lesson, which was actually in my mind but never offered. Thereupon, a period began, when the night was mixed with the day, and all over the house was filled with colored papers. I worked really hard, but I didn't work hard to work hard. The process proceeded like that because I couldn't stop working on the papers.

The most interesting part was that when I touched the papers all my tremors and contractions were gone. I was feeling very happy.

Then I started dreaming..

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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ARREY- ECHI
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hello Feyza,
How are you doing?
I hope you are doing well. Thank you for sharing your pandemic story with us.
I can only try to imagine how challenging it would be to hold a swimming classes online.
It is good to know how you found a way out. I absolutely love the things you made as I watched on the video. They are very creative. It would be a thrill to learn how to make such beautiful things from paper.
Keep dream and keep writing.
Looking forward to reading from you again.
love and sunshine.

Feyza Papak
Sep 30
Sep 30

Thank you for spending time to read and comment, very kind of you.
I'll keep dreaming :)
May flowers bloom in your heart..

Nini Mappo
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hello Feyza,
It's lovely to receive some news from Turkey, and to see the intricate beauty that you create with your hands, and how realistic they are! It is wonderful that your coping strategy became healing too, and now a passion that makes you feel alive. It is as if the creations have a connection to your nervous system. So very intriguing.
Thank you for sharing your art, it cheered me up!
All the very best in stemming the progression of Parkinson's and staying healthy and positive:)

Feyza Papak
Sep 30
Sep 30

Thank you for spending time to read and comment, very kind of you.
I prayed a lot for a miracle to heal and it was heard. I can be the luckiest person in the world.
I know somehow there is no way out of this sickness but i also know how to look at in different way.
Thanks again for your time.
May flowers bloom in your heart..

julie_4
Oct 04
Oct 04

This is a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing ❤️

Feyza Papak
Oct 04
Oct 04

Thank you for your time to read and comment, very kind of you :) I'm happy that you like it ❤️❤️❤️

julie_4
Oct 04
Oct 04

Ps the origami is amazing by the way

Feyza Papak
Oct 04
Oct 04

Totally agree with you, love it❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️