On April 23, 2020 I wrote a blog post on this exact topic. I will be the first to admit I’ve been thoroughly naïve through this whole pandemic, always thinking that things were about to get better. It’s been over a year since I wrote that last post and now, finally, things are slightly resembling normal.
I have certainly nestled into a pandemic bubble that I wasn’t sure I was ready to pop. I think the pandemic has changed us all in a way. I have become even more of a homebody than I was before and have gotten even more terrible at keeping in touch with people.
My “normal” began when I got my new job in October because I’ve been working in the office since then. But now, seeing my friends and family often and going out in public without a mask. This is a real normal.
It’s okay to have anxiety about it, I hope people really ease into it. When we went to Key West, I didn’t pressure myself to be social and part every night. I just don’t have it in me anymore and that’s okay. I’m older, we’ve been through a lot, and now is the time to listen to our bodies and our spirits and truly follow their wishes.
I have anxiety around these pressures because I don’t want to disappoint people, I don’t want them to think I’m being a bad friend or ignoring them. But I think we all have to accept that people change, and they especially change after living through a pandemic.
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Returning to “normalcy” post pandemic has been super confusing for me. As a twenty five year old looking for a job and friends in a new city, I’m also realizing that, like you, I’m a mega homebody and now also have to work on actually wanting to leave the house. Fortunately for all of us, we have the sun to lure us out of the house.
We’ll get through this!!💛
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Making new friends is sooo hard! Sending you all the good vibes!
Not sure we will ever return to ‘normal’ but I guess we all just have to find a new way and accept any small risks that there may be. So difficult to handle going forward isnt it?
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