With the turn of the page on the calendar comes hope for better periods. It’s another 365 new days to conquer dreams and reach goals. After nearly two years of the pandemic, the Brazilian is starting to open his eyes to new times, while feeling insecure about what lies ahead, it was what showed people that the Brazil Agency heard at one of the busiest train and subway stations in São Paulo: Estação Brás, located in the neighborhood of the same name in the central region of the capital of São Paulo.
In the days before Christmas, the report heard four Brazilians who spoke about the difficulties of the pandemic, and their hopes for 2022.
The young Alexssandro Gonçalves, 21, has been working on the construction site for six months, but before the pandemic he was an employee at a market and was fired during quarantine. He has good expectations for 2022. “I hope the pandemic ends, mainly, everything will be alright!”. He also hopes to keep the job. “I want to continue the work, I liked it, I want it that way”. A little shy, he says he also has a lot of dreams, but he’s superstitious.
Alex intends to study – Rovena Rosa / Brazil Agency
“Oh, I have a lot of dreams, but I can’t talk if I can’t make it, right?”, I smile, but delivers that I intend to study. As for the expectation for 2022, he says he is hopeful. “Oh, yes, it will get better, it will be difficult, but it will get better”. He says that she was vaccinated and that the whole family is also vaccinated. “I hope the world improves, the pandemic ends!”.
With more life experience, the autonomous Maria Rosiene Nascimento Silva, 46, says that she always thinks positively and doesn’t get discouraged. Despite having lost her job at the beginning of the pandemic, she reinvented herself, and today she sells the lingerie she buys in the Brás store to her clients. “It’s been a year or so, because we can’t wait, right? And it’s yielding well, better than before!” celebrates Maria Rosiene, who intends to remain autonomous.
Rosiene wants the country to get better – Rovena Rosa / Brazil Agency
She also wants the country’s economy to improve. “It’s horrible! Everything is expensive, the cost of living is getting worse every day, everything is absurd. Why doesn’t it help if the salary increases, because after the salary increases, there comes an increase in fuel, gas, energy, and the salary stays where?”, reflects Rosiene.
Among the dreams parked during the pandemic, what she most wants is to hit the road and go to her hometown, Garanhuns, in Pernambuco. “I need to distract myself. Before the pandemic I went to see my family, who are all there, so what I hope is to be able to come back soon!”
For 2022, she believes the year will be better than this one. “I hope for improvement, that’s why you have to think positively, not get discouraged and move on”. She says she really wants vaccination to advance in the country. “I hope people become aware, continue taking the vaccines correctly, right? For this “pest” to go away, so that our lives continue normally the same as before, because it’s not easy!”.
“Our expectation for 2022 is a better world with less violence, you have to be hopeful, it’s not because there’s all this mess that we can be 100% discouraged, let’s not get discouraged!”
reinventing the present
Like Maria Rosiene, 35-year-old pedagogue Patrícia Nogueira is now autonomous: she currently sells clothes over the internet. She had a graphic finishing company that went bankrupt during the pandemic and graduated in pedagogy during the period, but she still doesn’t work in the area.
“It was difficult, but today with sales I manage to earn more than I used to earn with the printer. So, it took me out of my comfort zone, but it was better than staying with the printer, so I intend to continue with sales. But, if I succeed as a pedagogue, I do intend to exercise”.
Patricia is not excited about presidential elections- Rovena Rosa / Brazil Agency
As for the pandemic, she hopes that vaccination will advance around the world, but still doesn’t see an end point. “I’m very hopeful, I always think it will get better, I never expect the worst.”
This confidence in a better year is characteristic of the period, explains the psychologist at the Anchieta Hospital in Brasília, Stela de Lemos. “The New Year represents the beginning of a cycle. The end of a year is the end of a 365-day period in which people organize themselves around events, rites and traditions that they believe in and give rhythm to our current history and lifestyle. The end of a year encourages reflection and (re)planning in the personal, and even social, search for the improvement of processes and relationships”.
But after nearly two years of pandemic, people’s relationship with expectations may even be overestimated, completes the psychologist. “In ordinary times, expectations for the new year are overwhelmingly positive. During a pandemic, it would be no different. The expectation continues to revolve around the improvement and improvement of processes and human relations. Most people are yearning, even viscerally, that this period of public calamity and physical and mental illness will pass and that we can thrive again. The hope for better days is reinforced in the transition period from one year to another, enhancing the perseverance to continue in our struggles”.
Wall painter Fabrício Ferreira, 40 years old, continues his struggle to get a job. Before the pandemic he worked as a self-employed person. “Today, to keep myself I try to work here in Brás, do something, sell some water, sometimes I come here and ask people for some money to help me,” says Fabrício, who is homeless. He said that he sleeps in hostels, but it’s not every day that he has a vacancy.
Fabricio hopes to have a job in 2022 – Rovena Rosa / Brazil Agency
For the next year, he has little hope: “The pandemic is showing signs that it is getting better. But I don’t even know what this 2022 will be like. Will there be enough jobs? I don’t know, I’m here, thinking, what am I going to do, I don’t even know what to do. But, I hope you have a lot of work. For him, the pandemic does not end in 2022. “I don’t think so, some variants are appearing, I don’t think there is an end point yet”, laments Fabrício.
The economic crisis, high inflation and the election year certainly influence the emotional state of Brazilians, points out psychologist Stela de Lemos.
“Certainly social phenomena influence the emotional state of the population. A large part of the Brazilian people has not enjoyed prosperity and abundance, especially after the start of the pandemic by the new coronavirus, which brings several, and often severe, consequences to people’s emotional health”.
For the psychologist, the time, however, is to overcome fear. “We have been living in a time when love needed, more than ever, to make a fierce opposition to fear. That this New Year, we continue together in the fight against hopelessness, always driven by the desire and belief in better days”, he concludes.