Time to be Together

Many of us felt lonely when we suddenly found ourselves in a world dictated by new rules — refraining from hugging, kissing, and even shaking hands.

I’ve been hearing news of couples breaking up all the time since the start of the pandemic. Among my friends and acquaintances, many have ended relationships with their partners. Distance, or, conversely, forced closeness makes relationships during a pandemic a real test that not everyone is able to pass.

In the midst of this madness, I met Polina on the Web, writing a couple of silly compliments to her work. For a while, we had to communicate only online, and when the situation around calmed down a bit, we met and decided that we needed to stay together.


Once in the Instagram feed I came across some curious graphic works. After going through a couple of links, I realized that their author is a very interesting girl, and I decided to write to her. We quickly found a common language, but at first, we had to communicate only online, since both were in self-isolation.
Once in the Instagram feed I came across some curious graphic works. After going through a couple of links, I realized that their author is a very interesting girl, and I decided to write to her. We quickly found a common language, but at first, we had to communicate only online, since both were in self-isolation.
Polina comprehends the profession of a graphic artist. At the time of our acquaintance, her academy, like many universities throughout the country, was transferred to remote work.
Polina comprehends the profession of a graphic artist. At the time of our acquaintance, her academy, like many universities throughout the country, was transferred to remote work.
Drawing really takes a huge part of Polina's life. As soon as we started dating, she began to paint and print my portraits.
Drawing really takes a huge part of Polina's life. As soon as we started dating, she began to paint and print my portraits.
Even when the situation calmed down a bit, we tried not to visit crowded places. In order not to sacrifice a joint pastime because of this circumstance, we almost from the very beginning of the relationship decided to live together.
Even when the situation calmed down a bit, we tried not to visit crowded places. In order not to sacrifice a joint pastime because of this circumstance, we almost from the very beginning of the relationship decided to live together.
The world around was changing rapidly. Together with him, my lifestyle changed, I felt that I had lost control over so many things. This caused anxiety, but the understanding that there was a person nearby who could comfort and support in difficult times was very reassuring.
The world around was changing rapidly. Together with him, my lifestyle changed, I felt that I had lost control over so many things. This caused anxiety, but the understanding that there was a person nearby who could comfort and support in difficult times was very reassuring.
I am sure that the rapid development of our relations is due to external factors. In this new and strange situation, we had to learn to coexist together as quickly as possible, there was practically no time for grinding into each other, as is usually the case in relations under construction.
I am sure that the rapid development of our relations is due to external factors. In this new and strange situation, we had to learn to coexist together as quickly as possible, there was practically no time for grinding into each other, as is usually the case in relations under construction.
The ability to express our own desires, respecting the boundaries of the partner, comes with time, but we had to go through all this in express mode.
The ability to express our own desires, respecting the boundaries of the partner, comes with time, but we had to go through all this in express mode.
In my opinion, the coronavirus crisis still affected the internal microclimate in the relations of all couples. Where new rules of the game appear, new causes of conflict inevitably arise. Having to be together literally all the time is a little tiring.
In my opinion, the coronavirus crisis still affected the internal microclimate in the relations of all couples. Where new rules of the game appear, new causes of conflict inevitably arise. Having to be together literally all the time is a little tiring.
At the end of October, I tested positive for COVID-19.In communicating with each other, we also tried to adhere to elementary rules - I always ate and drank from the same dish. But when you are with a patient for a long time in a confined space, infection is still inevitable.For me it was not the most pleasant experience - inevitably to be a threat to a loved one.
At the end of October, I tested positive for COVID-19.In communicating with each other, we also tried to adhere to elementary rules - I always ate and drank from the same dish. But when you are with a patient for a long time in a confined space, infection is still inevitable.For me it was not the most pleasant experience - inevitably to be a threat to a loved one.
My illness was rather difficult, with complications in the form of the development of viral pneumonia. Polina was very worried about this, but her help and leaving allowed me to get back on my feet quickly enough.
My illness was rather difficult, with complications in the form of the development of viral pneumonia. Polina was very worried about this, but her help and leaving allowed me to get back on my feet quickly enough.
I recovered a month later, and rehabilitation took some time. Oddly enough, Polina during all this time did not feel a single symptom of the disease.
I recovered a month later, and rehabilitation took some time. Oddly enough, Polina during all this time did not feel a single symptom of the disease.
We decided to break up a few months ago. I will always be grateful to Polina as a person with whom I went hand in hand through one of the most unusual and stressful periods in modern history.
We decided to break up a few months ago. I will always be grateful to Polina as a person with whom I went hand in hand through one of the most unusual and stressful periods in modern history.