2020! Has been a year that none can forget and at the same time no one wants one like this again either. While, we desperately wait for the year to end although with no guarantees that the virus is going to disappear by then, somehow we all are living with a hope that the coming year 2021 will be better. Needless to say, that poor 2021 has a lot hanging on its head before even its birth.
There are so many things that I miss doing, which I always did before this year and probably took some of them for granted. Never thought, what if I cannot do it one day? That thought never occurred at all. Well, who knew our World will be attacked by a virus?
So 2020, will go into history not just about the pandemic and its effects but also because of the lessons it taught us.
Here are some of the things that I mostly took for granted and will give anything to get it back or be able to do it again.
- Going for a walk in the park
Yes, I bought those beautiful sketcher shoes and decided to walk every day in the park taking in the cool breeze or the morning sun. But sometimes I use to feel lazy and skipped many mornings. I stayed back and walked on the treadmill which never equals the experience of a walk in the park. But as much as I wanted to go for a walk outside, we were stuck in the lock down and then the fear of being in a public place where there was a chance of getting infected. So treadmill became life, along with the Leslie Sansone’s “walk at home” videos which is far much interesting. Yet, I would love to get back to the life of being able to freely go to my walking park and enjoy the serene surroundings of trees and people.
- Shopping without a care
One thing I like to do when I am stressed is to take off on my scooter and go for window shopping. Nope, I am not a shopaholic and will not be confessing any such but it always used to let me distract my mind and calm down. Probably because it gave me a better workout and gave me enough oxygen? Whatever the reason was, I am extremely disappointed that I no longer can do it. If I leave home to get some groceries, I have to go with a mask on, which obviously doesn’t allow me to breathe fresh air and then my mind always wants to get back home sooner or it whispers not to go to a crowded area. It’s like being out is stressful. But, did I enjoy it before 2020? I surely did and never once thought we would be facing a day something like this ever.
- Meeting friends and family
There were times when I cancelled many such meetings saying I am too busy. Friends got disappointed and the family was miffed. But I always reasoned as I would definitely make it up the next time. But now, no one invites you to come nor does anyone wants to make a meetup plan. It is unsafe for everyone. It’s all about online. But does it feel good? Of course, not. It’s never the same. Meeting people directly and getting a handshake or a hug is not the same as hearing someone say Hola! from the screen. If only I can have those get together now?
- Having a cup of coffee
If I went out on some work, I use to come back home having a cup of coffee. Drinking a cup of coffee is the only thing probably I have spent more money on than anything else. An aromatic filtered coffee from the steel glass of a good restaurant is something one has to experience to know the feeling. But, 2020 threw me in a corner where going to the nearby restaurants became the scariest adventure. I was never a fan of entering into any spooky house or haunted house and so I decided I have to give up this until the Virus dies. But man, is the virus stubborn? We have to wait and watch who wins finally. Virus or Humans?
- Watching a movie in a theatre
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a movie buff. I rarely use to go to theatres. Even when my family wanted to plan for a movie, I was really picky of the kind of movies I want to watch in a theatre with the big screen in front of me while I sit watching it, munching some popcorn. But do I miss it now? Definitely yes! Again getting all the services and easy packages of many streaming apps like Netflix, Prime, Hotstar are good, it’s not the same where you actually book tickets, dress up and go watch in the theatre. Which, also includes a round trip to the mall, some small shopping, and cruising on the eatery. Oh, Corona! Could you please go back from wherever you came from and never be seen again?
- Going on a vacation
How I miss it, and I know am not the only one. People had planned to various places for vacations for the summer and everyone are definitely saddened. The flights were canceled and we could not move out of the house, forget about going for a vacation. That MS.Excel file sits on the desktop staring at me every time I start my laptop, screaming what a wasted effort of all the time I spent to make a self-plan for our vacation in Bali. Well, Bali beckons while Corona ceases our plans. Are we going to travel any time soon? No one knows, but our Airlines are sure that we will and hence they do not want to reimburse the payments we made. Talk about being positive!
There are still many such things that I would be missing, but the above six are the major ones. Is there anything that you like to add to the list? Make use of the comments section and share your thoughts.
2021, you will be welcomed with aplomb if you make sure not to give any entry ticket for the coronavirus of 2019.
We also learned plenty of good things during this pandemic. So it was not as bad after all. Check out what my dear friend has to say about her experience and learning during the pandemic and lockdown – Here.