Coping with the lockdown hasn’t been as easy as I thought. When it all started I had set myself goals and I must say I was achieving them. Until I didn’t. It has been quite a bit of a roller coaster being locked inside. Expect for the lack of excitement. The ups and downs have been very real and hard to deal with too.
I have been realising all the things I miss from the outside world. To help me cope with being locked inside for so long I’ve been thinking of all the things I want to do as soon as the lockdown is lifted.
One of the first things I want to do, once it is safe to do so, is visit my favourite coffee shop to meet up with friends and catch up over coffee and cake. I used to be able to do this on a weekly basis, now coffee catch-ups have turned into Facetime sessions. But I cannot wait to be able to sit down face-to-face with a barista-made latte and catch up with all my friends.
Not being able to leave the house except for a daily walk around the nearby park as made realise how I took my climbing and hiking weekends in Dorset, Wales and Cornwall for granted. I hope it isn’t long before I’m able to stroll along the valleys, the hills, the sandy beaches and the rocky paths.
This year one of my new year’s resolutions was to swim more in the sea. Last year I missed my chances to go for a quick dip in the ocean, so I wanted to mend this. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like my sunny swim to cool from the heat might turn into a winter swim. Fingers crossed I’m wrong!
Being in nature and able to climb outdoors has been something I have very much been taking for granted in the past few years. Simply showing up and doing it is not an option anymore. I impatiently wait to feel the dirt on my fingers, the sun on my face and to climb a rock wall again.
Working out at home, when all I do is being at home, as possibly proven to be one of the hardest tasks I’ve encountered! I’m actually excited to be able to visit a gym again and workout with familiar faces (rather than my own sweaty one in the mirror).
I want, or better yet need, will venture out to the shops and do a big clothing shopping trip! From dresses to shoes, purses to jewellery. My wardrobe is very much winter heavy and I need some colourful clothes to cheer me up.
Lastly, one thing that I have been surprisingly missing, it has been an office… I have always wished to work from home more often, ironically, but now I can’t wait to be back at a normal desk, sat next to my work colleagues chatting about weekend plans over the 5th or 6th cup of tea of the day. I have been missing that sense of community and opportunity for banter, that you just don’t get when you are working from home.
What are you most looking forward to doing once it is safe to do so?