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None of us could have imagined our lives would be struck by a global pandemic. Until it happened, and our lives suddenly changed. Everything slowly shuts down. No meetings, no parties, no movies, no sporting events, no restaurants. Fear of Covid-19 forces us to repudiate our most natural and ancestral instinct to socialise, to deny our innate desire to form strong, concrete, durable bonds with other human beings. So, when it’s impossible to satisfy such an ancient need, and we are forced to be apart from the world, what’s left? Callum Ross, in his darkest moments, discovered that communication has many faces, and one of those faces has the shape of a diary. With all the difficulties of a lockdown that lasted over a hundred days, he found the strength to face his fears and insecurity. When he couldn’t reach out to the world, he did what he could to survive: he reached out to himself. And, as he was locked inside his house, he didn’t just survive: his inner journey led him to a personal growth, to a renewal of his passion for writing, to a mature and complete consciousness of his dreams and hopes. Callum is unique but, at the same time, he is every one of us – he wants to live, to love, and be loved. By publishing his diary he proves that, even when it seems most unlikely, the will to connect and communicate with others is a powerful tool to face life’s hardships.
Callum Ross lives in a small town in Fife, Scotland, with both his parents. Now in his 30’s, he has been writing since his early teens. Callum enjoys keeping a diary and has written throughout his experiences with depression and anxiety throughout lockdown. Many issues he addresses in his diary such as his father’s many trips into hospital, his crush on his work colleague Ben and the many restrictions imposed on the UK causing conflicts with friends and family. Callum became an uncle in February and strives to be the best uncle there is.