Whilst I’m personally reluctant to leave lockdown anytime soon, conversations everywhere are turning to shifting to a new chapter and finding a new normal. I was loathe to call the lockdown period our ‘new normal’, because I knew it wouldn’t be sustainable for us all to remain indoors. Instead, I suppose I’ve been quietly preparing for after lockdown, a time that feels even more uncertain that the current one. Here are the things I’d like to do, and continue, after lockdown…
A walk at the lake with my KeepCup coffee: My gosh. If there’s one thing I’ve really really missed during lockdown, it’s walks at the lake. Regular and long-term readers of Daisybutter will know of my affinity with the lake in my hometown (and of bayside walks in Hong Kong!), and it’s always been my soul-soother. I can’t wait to — safely — get back out there, KeepCup in hand, and soak up the dreamy sights. I’m gutted to have missed watching spring blossom and bud, but here’s to a very different summer, eh?
Wear my face mask regularly: One of the things I found most odd about re-adjusting to life in the UK, after living in Hong Kong, was that nobody wore surgical face masks when unwell. In Hong Kong (and many parts of the world), people wear face masks when they’re ill to protect others from catching germs, and in my old office, we’d all wear masks if you or someone else was unwell; it was common courtesy. Plus, as healthcare wasn’t free, it helped everyone save money and the hassle. Mum has kindly sewed me a reusable, washable face mask that I’ll be wearing with a disposable filter, whenever we go out. It’s part of the current government recommendations and, honestly? It’s just good sense at the moment.
Celebrating four years with my love: At the moment, it’s looking ropey as to whether Harvey and I will be celebrating our anniversary properly. Even so, we’d like to celebrate four years together with all of our favourite things. At least it gives us some more time to figure out some plans, eh?
Continue to read, all the time: I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’ve been reading voraciously through lockdown. And I’m definitely going to keep the momentum. In fact, I’m carving out even more time. I enjoy reading in the garden after work, and whenever I can throughout the day, topping up my inspiration as I go. Reading provides an inimitable form of escapism in my life; even when my mental health dipped during lockdown and I couldn’t face going outdoors or picking up my phone, books were always there for me.
Catch up with Sian and belatedly celebrate her birthday: Just before lockdown began, Sian and I had found a really good co-working rhythm, where we’d meet up at the library or a coffee shop and bounce ideas off each other. Sadly we had to cancel our March session, and I can’t wait to see her again soon for a catch-up, some co-working and to belatedly celebrate her birthday!
Continue to run my Discord server: One of the best things I’ve done during lockdown is start up a Discord server specifically for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but also to hang out with you guys. We’ve passed the 70-member mark now which is just incredible, and I genuinely couldn’t be more thankful for this community. It’s a chill, no pressure environment, and we all dip in and out to our whimsy, but there’s almost always somebody around to chat to. I hope it’ll continue this way, even when we’re not working from home anymore.
Enjoy lunch with Sarah: I miss all of my friends at the moment, but one establishment from my weeks that I miss more than most is my weekly lunch date with Sarah. When I first re-started the London commute, it was really helpful knowing that I had a lunch date with a pal to look forward to, and our lunchtime conversations and rants were nothing short of therapeutic. I can’t wait to see her again whenever it’s safe, from a social distance.
Schedule more, regular video calls with my best friend: I’m the sort of friend who has a few close friends that I hang out with every few weeks or months. It works for me and my friends, as we all lead busy lives, but for some reason we never scheduled in video calls. Skype calls and the like had become a little passé, but with lockdown in place, my best pal and I have been enjoying weekly video calls and they’re the best. I want to try and continue this, if any of our schedules allow!
More days at home: And last but not least, more days at home!! Even when lockdown is ‘lifted’, I know that coronavirus will remain an issue and threat for many months yet. There’s no vaccine or immunity, and I’m more than happy to do my part and stay at home whenever possible. I’m an introvert through and through, and quiet, slow stretches of time spent in my home haven are absolute bliss. So, I’d like to spend more time in general, at home, guilt-free.
What are you hoping to do after lockdown? Are there, like me, any patterns and habits you’ve established that you’d like to continue?