Make a list of things you’re looking forward to after lockdown.
Have you also been hearing this advice a lot lately? I started making my own list this week:
- Hugging everyone
- Visiting family
- Hosting a cocktail party
- Dancing to live music
- Working from coffee shops
- Eating food cooked by someone else
I didn’t get much further because, honestly, it just made me sad. Seriously, what doesn’t belong on this list?
I like the sentiment behind the exercise, but most of my items feel so far away right now. I don’t know when I’ll be able to see my family or plan a trip or have a party again – and that uncertainty is really tough. I’d like to revisit my list at a later date, but for now, I’m trying to reframe it to focus only on the things I’m looking forward to in the very near future.
Spain is cautiously de-escalating lockdown measures over the next few months. Barcelona will soon move into Phase 1 of 4, which means we can gather in groups of up to 10 people with social distancing, go to restaurant or bar terraces at reduced capacity, and travel within our province.
Like everyone, I’m still figuring out my comfort level with all of these changes. But a few things on my short-term wish list are:
- Taking the train outside the city to go hiking
- Meeting a friend or two for a socially distanced terrace drink
- Continuing to take daily walks
- Swimming in the sea
- Eating amazing summer produce (it’s strawberry season!)
The sadness and uncertainty still remain – and I know they will just be part of the package. But it does help to think about small joys on the horizon. What’s on your list?