Share your Never Settle story in the times of COVID-19

  1. SRD.
    Lollipop Oct 9, 2021

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  2. Bobbie63
    Marshmallow Oct 9, 2021

    Bobbie63 , Oct 9, 2021 :
    Thank you, I'll be waiting to read yours. :)

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  3. K1596862055092
    Cupcake Oct 9, 2021

    K1596862055092 , Oct 9, 2021 :
    This pandemic made me realised the reality of this world. How we humans as a social animal can be restricted in a way that we can't even meet our family and friends. It's so depressing and disappointing at the same time. Those who was quarantined in the early phase of the pandemic faced so much because of this.
    I hope that everything gets back to the normal soon and we can have a days without the mask again.

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  4. Nipu_1998
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus Nord 2 Oct 10, 2021

    Nipu_1998 , via OnePlus 9 Pro , Oct 10, 2021 :
    During the onset of the pandemic, the lockdown restrictions were the initial struggle people had to face. Our social lives came to a hault and the social being became confined to the concrete cages which we have built.
    One important challenge that came along with it was to adjust to the situation and maintain good mental health. The world was busy fighting the pandemic, but the mental health of the people was something that got affected overtime.

    One fine morning during the lockdown, i recieved a call from my friend and he sounded very upset. He shared with me a concern about her sister and how she stays sad and gloomy all over the day without even speaking to the family members. After an hour of talk, we decided to look into her issue and find the cause. She was a vibrant and active girl in her teenage and was a happy child who was talkative and always made people around her smile with her words and actions. In the evening, i called her and started a casual talk with her as usual. I could feel the gloominess from her voice and she was giving mundane answers to my queries initially, and slowly i enquired about her situation and what is causing her the trouble. Initially, she was reluctant to answer, but atlast, she told her issues to me. She was suffering from the mental trauma of the lockdown and her studies. She was desperate to meet her friends and was missing the active socialization and interactions in the school. She couldn't adapt to the sudden change in her lifestyle and was falling into the hands of depression in a slow pace. After understanding her issue, me and her brother decided to rescue her from this situation. With the help of our friend, who is also a consultant psychologist, we made plans to keep her engaged with her passions and also motivate her to maintain good connections with her friends. Knowing that she was a good artist and an active reader, we gifted her with books and an iPad with apple pencil ( as she was into some interior and fashion designing ) . We also conducted weekly virtual coffee sessions with her friends where they could socialise and slowly we saw her mental health improving and she became more active and vibrant day by day. We finally got back the lively person in her .

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  5. TravisSnavely
    Cupcake Oct 10, 2021

  6. HarshKK14
    Ice Cream Sandwich Oct 11, 2021

    HarshKK14 , Oct 11, 2021 :
    I have a short and sweet story to share:

    Last year, when the lockdown started due to COVID, all our classes came to a halt. After a few months, our college decided to continue classes online. I just entered my final year. The classes were in the morning from 6:30 to 10:30.

    Now my problem was, I had a very good quality internet connection. One must think how come it is a problem. The problem was the data limit. 4 hours of online class at highest quality was enough to completely exhaust my 1.5gb daily data limit leaving me with no data for the rest of the day. Sometimes my data exhausted while doing the classes. I did use techniques like limiting my video quality, turning off incoming video, etc. But that didn't save too much of data.

    To solve my issue, I decided to use my parents and sister's internet😎. I had to switch between different Wi-Fi connections after every class (40 mins class with 5 min break to join the other class). First I used my sister's internet so that I am done using her mobile before she wakes. Then comes my father's net. Then my mother as she hardly uses her mobile. At the end, I used my data😜.

    This way, I was able to do all my classes properly; meanwhile saving enough data for the rest of the day.

    Fun Fact: I missed a few classes, sometimes due to technical issue in Microsoft Teams App, sometimes because I was doing my friends class and sometimes I couldn't wake up on time. But at the end of semester, my attendance record showed 100% attendance.

    P.S. I did not have a broadband connection then.

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  7. Himanshu.Behera
    Ice Cream Sandwich Oct 11, 2021

    Himanshu.Behera , via OnePlus Nord , Oct 11, 2021 :
    "Never Settle"
    It all started on 22nd March 2020 when the whole nation (INDIA) was under voluntary lockdown for one day. This was the 1st time I was in such a situation. The time was pause. Not even a single living being was outside on the streets, as if Thanos has snap his fingers.
    But i spend the whole day normally, just like i do on weekly off day's 😉
    The next 2 days went normally, everything was open and everyone were outside. But on 24th March 2020, the Government ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days. This was the 1st phase of lockdown in India.
    In this 1st phase, first 2-3 days went normally getting relaxed. But after that it felt like i was in a prison, i can't go out and feel the nature, i can't meet my friends, i can't do all the regular work that i use to do before.
    Though there was advantage of being in home and spending time with my family, but sometime if gave the feeling of lost freedom.
    This was the time where i made a decision of not to settle with this situation. I asked myself why should i settle with this situation, why should i let this situation to put me down mentally and physically.
    So i choose to Never Settle with any situation which will put me down. Getting mentally and physically strong was my motive for this lockdown. For this, Technology was the supportive and effective way.
    With my 4 friends I started my workouts at home, not like we use to do when everything was ok. But that was enough for us to be physically strong. We fixed a time, got connected with eachother on video calls and start our workouts. We are still continuing the same and until everyone here are vaccinated we will continue it.
    I have a small garden inhouse, where i got more close to nature in this lockdown phase. Because of this I introduced myself to a new form of art "Photography".
    Why should i settle myself with what i have in me, Try to explore yourself more. Never Settle down, keep exploring.
    With this I stepped into the new form of art.
    (some of those pics)
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    Spending time with family, sharing thoughts with family and friends, workouts together, sketching, mother nature, photography - these all kept me, my family and my friends mentally as well as physically strong. Which are really required for everyone to keep themselves safe and healthy in this tough situation.
    With all these I spend my 1st phase of lockdown. 2nd phase of lockdown brought some relaxation to the medical equipment manufacturers, so i had to resume my work in 2nd phase of lockdown.😅
    This is how i spend my lockdown time.
    This is my "Never Settle Story" during COVID-19.. 😉✌️

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  8. Himanshu.Behera
    Ice Cream Sandwich Oct 11, 2021

  9. psygarden
    OnePlus TV Product Ninja 2021 Oct 11, 2021

    psygarden , Oct 11, 2021 :
    While the cities were suffering hugely from the pandemic, the small town that I belong to (Kullu, Himachal) was very minimally touched by the virus, but still we had lockdown restrictions. I got married in July 2020 during lockdown with a restriction of just 50 people who could attend the wedding ceremony and in my opinion it was the best wedding ever. Me and my family got to spend quality time with the close family guests and the get-together was just amazing. Usually Indian weddings are loud and large gatherings but the pandemic has now changed that and people now prefer small gatherings with the dearest ones and that's actually great.


    Post-wedding an exotic holiday with beaches and cities is what most people look forward to but this was not possible during travel restrictions, so me and wifey explored our nearby destinations. Luckily, just like me, my wife is fond of mountains and peaceful locations so the exotic holiday didn't really matter to us. We traveled to some very quiet & remote locations, I'll attach the pictures so you can also have a look :






    In January a friend gifted me a German Shepherd dog, he'll be 10 months soon but still he's just the same baby he was on his very first day. When he was about 4 months old he caught the deadly Parvo Virus and we got him under veterinary supervision for about 10 days. He survived and he's healthy now.



    2021 has been a fun year for me. The pandemic is very minimal in my town and the restrictions are all gone. I've had the opportunity to travel (also managed to break almost 300 day check-in streak thanks to no network area) and spend a lot of time with old friends and family. I've also been quite active in the Community, luckily got into the OnePlus TV Ninja Program and met (online) some interesting and cool folks from OnePlus staff and Community.
    Being in the mountains surely makes one forget about the pandemic as the impact is very minimal but still we need to be cautious. For everyone out there, I just hope you guys stay safe and healthy. The dark days are almost over.
    Thanks for the read.

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  10. Pinky02
    Froyo Oct 12, 2021

    Pinky02 , Oct 12, 2021 :
    My Never Settle Story:

    I am a homemaker. Though I am educated, but I decided to give my time and focus to my family.

    By the end of March 2020, Nationwide lockdown was announced in India. This had various implications not just to the working individuals, but a housewife too. Individuals were worried of no work, and I was worried of extra work.

    Due to lockdown, unnecessary movement was restricted. So my housemate was unable to come. Housemate may be a new term for the Western world, but in India, it is the most common term in every housewife's speech. No housemate meant extra work.

    Lockdown was a testing time. For everyone. But family eases all problems. So did my family. My children and husband were there with me for every work. They took charge of all other work apart from Food.

    Problems come in everyone life. It's all about how we accept it and deal with it. I and my family were ready to face any difficulty, so we were able to ride the difficult time without much stress.

    I hope you all were able to help each other in these testing times.

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  11. HarshKK14
    Ice Cream Sandwich Oct 12, 2021

    HarshKK14 , via OnePlus 7 , Oct 12, 2021 :
    I am scared of almost all animals. I love seeing dogs, puppies, cats, monkey; but scared to go near them.

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  12. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Oct 12, 2021

    Dresa91 , Oct 12, 2021 :
    Oh:( that’s bad:(

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  13. SRD.
    Lollipop Oct 12, 2021

    SRD. , Oct 12, 2021 :

    Finding a ray of hope in the dark cloud


    Hello Everyone, I am SRD; an Electrical Engineer by profession and a strong believer in god.

    Just a month before the pandemic, in my prayers, I was asking GOD why I am having a stressful life? Why Can't I work from home and spend a lot of time with my family? When did I lose my childhood where I loved to do new things? Why having almost everything, I feel like I am missing a big chunk of life?

    Probably god also loves me a lot & my prayers were answered but in a very wrong way.

    The world came to a standstill. There are more than 4.5 million deaths. People lost their dear ones, Permanent closure of businesses for many, students went into a world full of depression. people lost their livelihoods & covid challenged the public healthcare system.

    The devastating pandemic pushed millions of people into mental illness.

    And I was one of the millions who were depressed.

    I have lost some of my close friends & relatives, witnessed the joblessness of many people surrounding me, there was a fear of losing my family. The increasing trend of death trolls was the only news on television. So, those were the reasons why I was depressed.

    But it is said that "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". Maybe I didn't realize how tough a human being I was till it's time to prove.

    Again, god has been very kind to me. I didn't lose my job, didn't lose my immediate family, and I look at the pandemic as an opportunity to find my missing chunk of life.

    My inner voice asked me to stand up against all odds and fight the depression inside.

    I took the photo albums and went into the memory lane where happiness was a part of life, found interesting moments which I shared with my family & friends.

    Scrolled down my phone contacts and called many of my old friends whom I didn't make any contact with since the last 10/15 years. We laughed so hard that there were tears in my eyes.

    My Oneplus 7T worked as a driving force in that tough time. Life was stressful but I managed to survive with the lines by Mark Twain -

    " The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up".

    Working in an organization that believes in giving back to society helps me to implement the words.

    I tried to recalibrate myself and learn new skills.

    I was the core team member of two NGOs that work for environment protection & I was not as active as I was before. The pandemic was the right time to reform the NGOs & create awareness among the people.

    I have some amazing friend-circles that include my school & college friends. We created social media awareness by creating a photo collage.


    We collected & donated some funds to the prime minister cares fund & Chief minister Relief Fund ( We know the crisis the govt was going through due to lack of medical infrastructure).



    I have tried to help one agency financially that was working for feeding the stranded migrants. In my apartment, we arranged dry food for a month for our security guards & other staff. We paid three months' salary in advance to our maid, so that, her family can survive for some time.

    Apart from my social responsibilities, I have tried to improve my skills by adopting a new skill every alternative month. Starting with sketching, I tried to draw my daughter's sketch, though it was inaccurate, I was happy that I can sketch after so many years ( about 20 years. Now, don't guess my age. I am 35 ok ? ok... 36). Now, I can sketch confidently.




    While checking my phone randomly, I saw a red icon named Community and checked what's inside. Initially, I couldn't understand whats going on behind that red icon, but started loving it when I understood. The warmth shown by the community members and the amount of response I got from them made me one of them. The Oneplus Community no longer was "them", it was "us". There are so many inspiring personalities in this community, who always stood by my side & I didn't realize I had depression a few months back.

    Acquiring new skills is a new passion for me now & thanks to the oneplus team for the creative contests. Some community friends are fitness freaks, which inspired me to be a regular bicyclist. Some are excellent writers, which inspired me to write few threads ( Except those boring professional mails, I don't write much). The Photo expert team helped me improve my photography skills.





    As Mahatma Gandhi said, " In the midst of darkness, light persists", I successfully overcame the darkness of depression with self-motivation and a " Never Settle" attitude.

    Thanks for reading folks and thanks for the opportunity @dsmonteiro

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  14. atenaa
    Lollipop Oct 12, 2021

    atenaa , Oct 12, 2021 :
    Wow ❣️

  15. SRD.
    Lollipop Oct 13, 2021

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  16. Bobbie63
    Marshmallow Oct 13, 2021

    Bobbie63 , Oct 13, 2021 :
    Thanks for sharing your story, for someone who says he doesn’t write much, you sure use a lot of words……(just kidding).:)

    I loved reading your story. This story as well as other stories people posted here, show how flexible a person is and the capability we have handling the changes to lives that we lived and that all of a sudden was brought upon us.

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  17. SRD.
    Lollipop Oct 13, 2021

    SRD. , Oct 13, 2021 :
    I am glad that you liked my story. 800 was the word limit and it went around 800 😜.
    1200 more words were ready but I had to stop. If I were a writer I could have completed it without going to the extreme.


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  18. the_o2
    OnePlus 9 Series Expert Community Expert Oct 13, 2021

    the_o2 , Oct 13, 2021 :
    After the lockdown started, I left my job due to some family reasons and
    I moved back to my home town, it was a really tough time for me because there were not many job opportunities in the tech sector in my home city and I don't have much savings.
    So I started working in a non-technical field and the salary I was getting here was nothing as compared to earlier, but there was an extraordinary satisfaction in that.

    In the beginning, I always wondered what am I doing here, why me, why am I the most unlucky person and the other XYZ stupid things 😅 but then saw the news of other people and the struggles they faced, many of them with no backup, losing their jobs and even their families.

    I started listening to music more than ever, I used to listen to this Hindi song again and again.

    I learned many things during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of family and friends, the value of saving, Well you only need the light when it's burning low Only miss the sun when it starts to snow.
    I started to find happiness in small things, it is true that life is not a bed of roses, life is completely unpredictable but it is what it is and now I feel like I am a big fish in a small pond at my current job :D
    But still, as things are getting under control now, I am trying to switch for a better position and I hope to achieve this goal soon :).

    This forum helped me a lot in those days, especially how to avoid toxicity. The friends I have here are no less than family members.

    I would like to thanks David for this thread, it is always good to learn from other people's stories.
    Thanks for reading this and have a great day.
    Never Settle!!

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  19. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Oct 13, 2021

    Dresa91 , Oct 13, 2021 :

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