I’m definitely an optimist although it’s challenging maintaining optimism after watching the perpetually discouraging and upsetting evening news. With the promise of three new vaccines and two more in the works, I feel consistently hopeful lately. Change won’t come overnight but hey, I’m developing patience and I see a light at the end of this long tunnel!
I’ve been thinking about what to do first when the world comes back. It’s premature but I have time to dream. I imagine it’ll be another adjustment after finally resigning myself and settling into a seemingly endless quarantine, even if wearing masks and social distancing continue.
Will I need re-entry therapy? I’ve forgotten my old routines. I’ve accepted this new normal which isn’t really normal.
My husband wants to get away for a few days or weeks. Flying to see the kids out west is a top priority for us both. Zoom is great but hugs at this point would bring me to tears. I know I’ll have a support system of friends going through this long- anticipated transition. They’re also thinking of ways the vaccine will change their lives, gradually allowing themselves to dream ahead.
I’ve heard: “Going out to dinner. With tons of people. I can’t wait.”
“Watching the news and not having my heart break over those we’ve lost.”
“Knowing that restaurants, gyms and other businesses are no longer struggling.”
“My kids going to school safely and regularly.”
“Feeling assured that the food banks are no longer overwhelmed.”
“A spa day.”
“Seeing my friend’s faces.”
“Volunteering in person.”
“The gym, maybe without a mask!!!”
“Re-joining my on-site art classes.”
“Having people over for dinner. A lot of people. Frequently.”
“Hugging! Hugging! Hugging!”
“Having my husband work away from home.”
“Going to live concerts, theatre, art openings and museums. I miss it all so much.”
It feels good having confidence when thinking ahead. The activities and connections we’ve bravely foregone to keep ourselves and others safe will have a deeper meaning when the world comes back. I know I’ll have a new appreciation for what was formerly mundane in my life.
Dreaming of the (hopefully) near future,