A very common late-pandemic trope is the discussion about adding things back slowly and not feeling ready to do too much yet. One example of where I’ve heard it mentioned frequently is Edit Your Life (a show I really enjoy).
Many people have related that the slower paced pandemic life felt good in some ways. In fact, I myself probably could find passages where I went on about how all one really needs is a walk outside and that we were “over scheduled” before.
Except now I find myself mostly wanting to do everything we were doing before. And in some cases, more. I was really burned out when it came to socializing around fall/winter 2019, and also very much ready for a break from traveling.
Now I am basically game for anything.
Is it just me?
Things I am hoping to do:
Host people at our house. Book club? BBQ?
Enroll the kids back in more activities. I’d prefer for them to be vaccinated first but if rates remain low in our community, I’m not sure I would feel strongly about waiting for that. Currently they are doing ice skating weekly for the summer, but next year I am thinking about piano for C, art for A, mixed martial arts for C, gymnastics for A/G, and soccer for A&C.
Go on more trips – short couples trips with Josh, conferences for work where I can really immerse into the subject matter, family vacations + day trips.
Plan in some fun evening activities – like some date nights or an in-person yoga class.
Maybe I’m supposed to be feeling more trepidation, but instead I feel acutely aware of the missed experiences of 2020 and I guess maybe I just feel like making up for lost time. Furthermore, the ‘sensory deprivation’ aspect has me more excited about things I was tired of before.
Anyway, this is where I am right now. I realize there is probably a regional aspect to my current experiences.
I also recognize that the pandemic certainly isn’t over. But as long as guidelines allow it and vaccines are effective, I am going to enjoy life in a quasi-normal fashion. (I have no problem sticking to masks in many settings + doing things outdoors when possible!).