The UK (as well as many other countries) have been faced with multiple lockdowns since March 2020. It’s been almost a year of fear, short-lived relief and then frustration. I’m not entirely sure what it’s been like for other parts of the world but it’s safe to say us Brits have lost track on what we can and can’t do as well as who we can and can’t see. This has left much of the population stressed, lonely and feeling hopeless.
Even when we had a small period over the summer in which we were free to eat out with our family and friends, I must say I spent most of my time playing it safe and limiting my contact with the world outside of my home.
Since that brief interlude, I can’t really remember what “normality” feels like. What is a “normal” way of life anyway? Well, I do know it’s something I was very comfortable with until COVID-19 reared its ugly head. Despite the world being COVID free for 28 years of my life, it seems that regular daily goings-on is nothing more than distant memories. Oddly, COVID has only been a part our lives for little less than a year and here we are in 2021 wondering what it’s like to sit in a cinema with 150 other people or to jug a family member you’ve not seen for over a year. Either way, it’s definitely reminded me that the little things should never be taken for granted.
SPECIAL MOMENTS AHEAD
Some of the moments I cannot wait to witness once more:
- Toddler groups – never thought I’d say that.
- Cinema dates with Paul and then grabbing a bite to eat.
- Not queuing outside of a shop for an hour for a loaf of bread.
- Hugging family and friends.
- Being able to appreciate art and history in museums and galleries.
- Getting pissed off with crowds.
- Costa dates with Ava for some cake (no coffee for her obvs)
- Being able to see what people are ACTUALLY SAYING.
- Not feeling paranoid to take Ava to the park which is ALWAYS busy.
- Being able to plan spontaneous days out.
- Booking a holiday without it being cancelled.
- For the NHS to not feel the unbearable pressure that it’s had since the pandemic began.
- Game nights, sleepovers and movie marathons.
- For special occasions to be special again.
- Seeing businesses thrive and being busy once more.
- For those who are suffering from loneliness being reunited with their loved ones.
Whatever it is, big or small, this past year has certainly helped me recognise what is important. And I think it really comes down to feeling safe and free to experience what life has to give. What do you miss the most?