Over the last 15 months life as we knew it has altered and changed and I am not sure if it will ever be the same as it was before.
If I am brutally honest I am not sure I want it to be the same as before for some things.
I can honestly say that where friends and family are concerned I will never take them for granted again! There hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I havent missed my friends and our little gatherings.
Once lockdown lifted I was thrilled to finally see my Best Friend and my godchildren who I have missed beyond measure for a picnic.
I have even managed to squeeze in a quick meal out and an IKEA trip with her also and on the way home I was immensely emotional.
Recently I got to spend some time with some of my other friends and I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to it. We regularly caught up over a random game of Bingo in the past, some cheap food and too much bingo rage to mention! It became our ‘thing’ and I loved it.
No massive issues stressing over what to wear, make up or no make up or what shoes to put on. A super relaxed evening wearing what I liked and what I felt comfortable in and chit chatting the evening away.
We planned our trip out over a few weeks before and it almost felt like Christmas on the count down the night before.
Those of you that know me will know that I have struggled with the COVID cleaning and sanitising aspect of lockdown being released so I have been sticking where posable to places that have had exceptional cleaning plans in place like at the Showcase Cinema in Nottingham I visited recently or where I can control the environment as much as possible with my own antibac wipes and spray! In fact I loved the cinema so much my lovely friend Jo and I have visited again to watch a Quiet Place 2.
At bingo I was thrilled to be able to spread out and not have someone close to me and that I could clean my table myself before I sat down.
I know my COVID anxious worries are over the top for some but I think its going to take me a long time to drop my anxieties and so for now I am going to enjoy meeting up with my friends in a more controlled way. Next stop is meeting more friends and visiting new places.
How have you cope with starting to go out and about again?