On the day she turned 80, confined and isolated at home, Maria José Vale put curlers in her hair to look more beautiful, prepared a cake in the oven, lit a candle and sang congratulations to herself. It is better to be happy than to be sad, teaches the song by Vinicius de Moraes. Maria José knows this and has tried to resist as she can the loneliness and anguish. “It was a very beautiful scene that I did on the anniversary. I always come back on top. I develop myself. But as I am very lonely, I have mood swings, sudden changes in behavior, I feel sad, anxious. I find myself talking loudly to myself, revolting at the news on television. Sleep is not good either. Sometimes it happens to stay up all night on the computer, writing on Facebook, texts and poems so I don’t feel so trapped. Now I can’t even go to my family doctor to have a chat with him and complain about these instabilities, it seems that I change my personality. ”
Maria José escaped Lisbon a year ago to her country house, in the small village of Cambarinho, in Vouzela, district of Viseu, to put herself safe from the virus, but the experience is being much longer and more painful than she expected . He has not seen his three grandchildren, his children, his closest friends for a long time. “I’m really excited to be closed here. I feel like I’m exploding. Soon I like to travel the world. If it weren’t for this crap I would be in the place I like the most, in Dahab, Egypt, in a hippie resort, surrounded by young people, where I am 18 again. But I feel like I’ve aged 20 years because of this scolding. And my brain is so weird, it doesn’t stop. ”
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