Coronavirus: Things I’m looking forward to when life eventually returns to normal

I think it’s safe to say that most of us can’t wait until the lockdown is over. It’s a strange, uncertain and upsetting time for many and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for the key workers who are helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

I am certainly not this glam during lockdown

Whilst I am under no illusion that the restrictions in the UK are going to lift anytime soon, I like to think about what I’m going to do when we are eventually back to some kind of normality. Although that may be a while away, I’m trying to be optimistic.

What I can’t for wait for:

  1. Visiting my dad. I live with my mum and stepdad but I try to stay with my dad a couple of nights a week and since the lockdown, I haven’t been to visit. I’m so looking forward to spending proper time with him.
  2. Seeing friends. Even though we have kept in touch virtually, I prefer much prefer seeing people face-to-face. I’m so excited just to have a coffee or dinner with them in person!
  3. Going into work. Despite being able to work from home during the lockdown (which I’m so grateful for), it can be a bit isolating at times. I will never take going into an actual office and speaking to my colleagues in person for granted again!
  4. Eating out. Before the lockdown, I cut down on eating out to save more money for my house deposit but I still ate out occasionally and had regular coffee dates. That first brunch post-lockdown will be glorious. 
  5. Working out at the gym. I’m keeping up my fitness levels with running and yoga at home but it’s not the same. I much prefer being around like-minded people, it makes huge difference to your motivation!
  6. Going to yoga. Thankfully, I can keep practising at home but nothing beats going to a physical class. It’s a different kind of atmosphere and it’s so nice to chat to other people before and afterwards.
  7. Travelling. Life has very much been put on-hold and so has travelling to different countries. I was planning on a few trips this year so it will lovely to have the freedom to go abroad again.
  8. Driving without worry. I love being able to get in my car and pop to the shops, nip to a café or drive myself to the gym. It will be brilliant to have that independence back.
  9. Having my hair cut. I have my hair cut and eyebrows done once every few months so I’m not particularly desperate but both will feel like such a treat when we’re allowed to visit salons again.
  10. Being out and about in general. Calling to a family member’s house and being able to hug them, not queuing outside the supermarket to wait your turn, getting the train for a day out, walking outside without being 2 metres apart from others. How nice will it be to do simple things again without restrictions?!

What are you most looking forward to?

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