Ever since the world was forced into isolation I’ve realised how much of my day-to-day existence I took for granted. There are so many mundane parts of my daily routine that I wouldn’t even give a second thought to, yet now they have been taken away I ache to go back to such mundanity.
Isolation has changed my outlook on life too. I’ve realised that I like having no pressured, slowed down days. And I’ve realised that life is too short to sit and ruminate over all the things that could go wrong if you just took that leap of faith. So here are all the things I want to do once lockdown is lifted, from the boringly mundane to the big adventures:
Plan a round the world tour
It may not be for next year (or even the year after) but I know that I need to go on a round the world tour at some point in my life. I cannot get to old age and regret not having seen much of the world. There are all these things stopping me but enough is enough. There are solutions to every problem and the only thing I’m certain I want to do in life is see the world. As soon as STA opens again I’m booking in for a consultation!
Go to the park and read a book
I know I could do this now but it just feels wrong somehow. I went and sat on the park in the sun the other day and I just couldn’t shake the feeling of people looking at me and judging me for not being at home. I can’t wait to just go and set up camp on my favourite spot in my local park and just read a book for a while, with no stress.
Go to a coffee shop
I used to spend a bit of time in coffee shops writing or planning for things. I took being able to do this for granted and can’t wait for it to be safe to while away a couple of hours with a notebook and an oat milk latte that I haven’t had to make myself.
Browse a bookstore
I miss real books. I have bought an astonishing amount of Kindle books in these last few weeks because I have no self control, but god I miss the feel of a real paperback. I miss walking into a bookstore, an oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling city. I like the shared acknowledgment between customers that this is glorious, sacred time to find our next literary love. I like the smell of the books and being able to pick them up, one by one, and leisurely read the blurb. I like being able to explore all five floors of my local Waterstones looking at genres I wouldn’t usually search for online, and I miss being able to have a chat with the cashiers at my local indie bookstore about our favourite queer reads. And I miss charity shop book browsing on a lazy Saturday afternoon, safe in the knowledge that a fiver will get me some great reads.
Join a gym
I’ve been putting off joining a gym for months for fear of not being fit enough or not knowing what to do or other people judging me. But the great thing about a pandemic (and there’s not a lot of them) is it has given me the mindset of why do I care what others think of me? Life is far too short to not go after the things you want in life (I know that’s quite a deep statement to use when talking about joining a gym but the message stands). Plus, I’ve been exercising at home pretty much every day and, as I mentioned in my recent catch up post, I actually enjoy it!
I got into swimming last summer and was planning on starting going again right before news of this virus broke. I can’t wait to get back into the pool. I always feel so much better about myself after a swim, even though I’m not that good at it.
Take a class just for fun
I want to take a dance class and I want to try my hand at pottery. I really want to take an in-person writing class, which I’ve been meaning to do since moving to the same city as the East Midlands Writing School. I might try to progress with my Spanish as well by taking a night class at a college. This is another thing I’ve been putting off for fear of judgment but I’m going to do it as soon as I’m able – and hopefully writing it here will keep me accountable.
Go on more UK day trips
I love booking spontaneous trips to the far flung corners of Europe but I always neglect the UK. A solo trip in the UK just doesn’t seem right to me (which is ridiculous, I know). The last solo trip I went on was to London and I ended up bottling it on the way down there and texted my friend who lived nearby to meet me for dinner and drinks that night. I want to explore more of this country though, and it looks like this may be my only option for the foreseeable anyway.
Go to more events around my hometown
We have literary festivals, writers come to speak at our book stores a lot, we have events in the square, a regular vegan market and so many local festivals. I miss out on so many things and it’s such a shame.
What things are you mising right now? What can;t you wait to do once lockdown is lifted?
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