The thought of “post-quarantine” seems really far away right now when I’m writing this (May 8, 2020). As of right now, New York state is hoping to open parts of the state starting May 15th. However, NYC and Long Island are not apart of those areas that Governor Cuomo is hoping will open because we still haven’t met the guidelines to open by that date. Truthfully I have no idea when I’m going to be going back to work, or able to go grocery shopping without waiting on a huge line outside, or sit in a restaurant again. I’m almost positive this summer is going to involve wearing a mask to beach and there won’t be any trips anytime soon. I don’t want to be negative, but I want to be realistic. Things won’t really go back to “normal” and things will definitely be different moving forward. This time in quarantine has allowed me to do a lot of thinking about what I’m missing, the things that truly brought me joy, and things that maybe I don’t want to keep doing once this is all over.
The things I’m missing most is getting dressed for work every day and walking around the city. It’s incredibly inspiring for me to walk the streets of Manhattan, coffee in hand, looking at all the different people walking past me. It was my absolute favorite way to start and end my work day. The very first things I’m hoping to do post-quarantine will probably be getting coffee with my boyfriend in a coffee shop. Maybe even sitting down to enjoy it if we’re allowed to. Not just because I miss Starbucks either. Because I really miss being around other people.
Another thing I miss is the excitement of getting dressed to go out to a dinner date before a night at the bars with my friends. I definitely miss trying to pick out an outfit that’s not too revealing, but still feels sexy. I miss eating free bread at a restaurant and ordering a spicy margarita with dinner. I (kind of) miss standing at a crowded bar waiting for the bartender to notice me so I can order. I miss coming back to the table with a round of drinks. So I think the next thing I’ll want to do would be to go out to a bar and have a few drinks and dinner with my friends once we’re allowed to do that too. I’m not sure how that will work with social distancing, honestly.
I miss going to the park and complaining about how crowded it is and how I can’t find a good spot to take my outfit photos for a blog post. The park I usually go to was ALWAYS crowded, no matter what time of year it was. It was always a struggle to find a pretty spot that didn’t have people walking past you every 5 minutes. Even though it was super annoying to change a million times in the back seat of the car then standing and wait for a group of people to walk by, I miss going to the park without worrying about putting on a mask and gloves and staying far enough away from everyone. So I’ll probably also try and go to a park to get some new photos done once we’re allowed to.
I miss a lot of things honestly and I have no idea when I’ll be able to do them again. But one thing I know for sure is that I won’t take them for granted when I can do them again. I’ll make sure to smile and say thank you to my barista. I’ll tip a little extra for my server or bartender when I go out. I won’t even mind waiting for a group of 10 people to pass by in the middle of my photo shoot. As much as I want things to be normal again, I know they won’t be, so I’ll appreciate the things that make it feel as close to normal as possible.
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