Maybe it’s not useful to perseverate about the things I miss during a pandemic, but on some level, it’s giving me hope, something to look forward to.
But here we go.
I miss singing. I miss going to karaoke with friends. I miss singing in choirs, theatre ensembles, and duets. I miss singing that solo center stage.
I miss dancing. I miss going out in Boston. I miss live music.
I miss seeing people who aren’t coworkers (sorry, guys! I do still love you all!) and Market Basket employees. I’d love to be able to hang out with friends.
I miss travelling. I miss going to the airport, vibrating with excitement about my latest journey. I miss seeing new cities and sites. I miss meeting new people from different places and backgrounds.
I miss going out to eat. I live to eat and drink, and doing it at home just isn’t cutting it. I miss trying new foods and beverages. I miss my old staples on familiar menus.
I miss my family. I haven’t hugged my parents since my birthday on March 11th.
I miss my friends living in South Carolina, New York, Oregon, and England. I miss my family living in Chicago, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, and New York. I never did get to visit any you.
A coworker friend recently said he’s turned into a recluse. I can empathize with that. I, too, have become a hermit, and it’s ravaging my psyche. While I don’t mind being alone (very Piscean), I need to be sociable. I need to see people. I need to go out. Maybe it’s my Leo Rising, but I think I’m an introverted extrovert?
I know we’re all suffering from this pandemic. I know it has to end. The question is: when?
I think the first thing I’m going to do is hug my parents. Then I’ll go to Boston. I’ll go to the North End and walk about Hanover Street. I’ll hit up Union Street and see how my old haunts are holding up. Hopefully they’ll still be in business. Then I’m doing karaoke.
I’ll also be booking plenty of flights, so if you don’t live in New England, get ready ‘cus I’m coming for ya!
Gentle reader, what is it you miss most? What’s the first thing you’re going to do when it’s safe to live life again?
I know one thing is true, 2020 has changed us all in ways we’ll never forget. Hopefully, it’s for the better!