My friend Grace just did this post last week and I loved reading her responses. I am going to steal her post idea! After reading her post, I was sitting there really trying to dream up what I was looking forward to the most “after.” I’ve been trying to just take things one day at a time, but it’s also fun to think about when you’re in a good headspace. To me it was actually more of a reflective exercise. Less about looking ahead and more about looking back on things I missed or took for granted.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO?
I spent summers in college at my parent’s house in Florida, but for the most part, I moved to DC when I was 18 to go to college, then moved pretty immediately to NYC after graduation, then moved to Connecticut, and now New Jersey. It’s weird because I’ve officially lived outside of Florida than I ever lived there (10 years as a kid and I’ve been gone for 13). I’ve never had the desire to live in Florida as an adult, but I always could easily and quickly fly back for visits, which worked just fine. Even when I went extended periods of time away, I always knew I could hop on a relatively inexpensive flight and be there in under five hours door to door. I can’t wait for the day when I can spontaneously book a flight and just go down without a second thought.
DINNER IN THE CITY
I miss our date nights in the city!! We live pretty close and it’s a super easy train or car ride into the city. When we bought our home, living within walking distance to the train station was a huge perk so we could go into the city frequently. I went in a ton for work. (Though this pandemic has taught me how much I do not miss events and will probably opt out of most when they start back up.) It was so fun to meet up in the city with friends or just go in the two of us for dinners. Sometimes we’d make reservations and other times we’d just go in and see where the night took us. I know Mike and I are both looking forward to feeling comfortable and safe to take the train and to spend time in the city.
Speaking of date nights… I am looking forward to doing indoor dining again. We have been trying to support our favorite restaurants with take out, but nothing compares to sitting inside and getting the full restaurant experience. (And not having to do the dishes!!!) I want to put on a fancy outfit, go out to a nice restaurant with a cozy ambiance, ordering appetizers, small bites, $20 cocktails, and desserts to split!
I MISS my friends. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of my friends over the last year in safe ways, but I haven’t been able to see every one. We all have varying degrees of what we consider safe and how many exposure points we have plus who in our immediate lives have increased risks, so it’s been a challenge. I just want to be able to see my friends without planning weeks in advance for testing, social distancing, locking down, whatever. I don’t want to have to care what my friends have been up to before I see them. Like, “Oh you went to California last week? I can’t wait to hear about your trip– want to get coffee on Sunday?”
TAKE WORKOUT CLASSES
While I’ve become obsessed with the Peloton and generally enjoy working out at home, I do miss going into the gym for in-person classes. I miss the instructors’ individual help and I miss the group camaraderie. (This is not even something I knew I liked until I didn’t have it anymore!) I feel like when when I can go to workout classes again, I’d love to introduce myself to the people in the class more than just the pre-class “hello” and post-class “goodbye.”
I am fairly low-maintenance when it comes to my beauty appointments. (Not because I’m trying to be too cool for it, but more because I’m cheap, lazy, and have no patience.) I maybe get my hair cut once a year and started painting my own nails over the past few years. (Though I’ve given up on nail polish altogether lately, toes and fingers.) The one place where I indulge are massages. I haven’t had one since the end of February and I miss them!!
Want to play? What specific things are you looking forward to in the “after” times?