Welcome back for the final post in my “Surviving the Pandemic” blog post series.
Throughout this series, it’s been great to connect with other bloggers and readers about the issues that are affecting us all. From online learning to socialisation, it’s clear that there’s no one “right” way to survive a pandemic- and all of us are experiencing sadness, upheaval, or change during this tough time.
But for this last post, I wanted to end on a positive note. In the past year we’ve had to deal with disappointment after disappointment- and I know it sometimes feels like nothing can ever improve. But there is always hope!
Below, I’ve come up with 6 brilliant things we can all look forward to in the near future. While the time frame may not be 100% secure, these are things that can give us hope for the future.
Let me know all the things you’re looking forward to in the near future- what is keeping you hopeful?
1. Concerts, Festivals, and Group Events
We’ve all had to put off a lot of events during this time- and I think concerts, festivals, and big group events were one of the first things to be cancelled. For music enthusiasts, it has been blow after blow- and so the idea of going to a concert with our friends, family, or partner is a great thing to look forward to.
For me, I’m really looking forward to going on another Pride March. I loved going to the York Pride March in June 2019 with my friend (even though it rained a lot) and I can’t wait until it’s safe to go to another one!
2. Long-Distance Relationship Reunions
For those of us in long-distance relationships- this has been a long time coming! Long-distance relationships are hard enough in normal times, and during a pandemic they are doubly hard.
But there is hope on the horizon for couples across the world, and the thought of those loving, long-awaited reunions is one of the things that keeps many people hoping.
I know Lauren writes about her wedding plans a lot- and I never considered how hard this time must be for couples who have had to cancel their plans time and time again. Everything is in upheaval at the moment, but weddings are such a joyous occasion- and so for engaged couples there is hope for a lovely celebration in the near future.
4. Spontaneous Meet-Ups
This is such a little thing, but one thing I’m really looking forward to is being able to just go out to the shops or pub with my friends at a moment’s notice.
At the moment any meet-ups have to be outside, and we have to weigh-up the rules, the risk, the weather etc. But I can’t wait until I can just pop over to my friend’s house, or head to the pub in the evening.
By now we have all had a birthday in lockdown or during the pandemic- and that sucks! So one of the things we can look forward to is celebrating all those missed celebrations and occasions.
We’re all making up for lost time- and I think we will all appreciate any social events more than ever. Our celebrations will be bigger and better than ever- and I love that thought!
6. Not Working From Home
I know so many people are itching to get back into their workplace, and one of the things we can look forward to is returning to our old routines.
If you prefer working in the office, there is hope that you will be able to return to work in the near future- and you can look forward to those boring staff meetings, colleague drama, and regular socialisation.
I could list about a million other little things that I’m looking forward to in the near future- and there are so many things giving me hope as we enter into Spring.
Thank you for reaching to the end of my first proper blog post series! It’s been so fun to connect with everyone on these important pandemic issues- and I can’t wait to hear all the things you’re looking forward to doing soon!
If you missed any of the previous posts in this series, feel free to check them out. I’ve discussed online learning, pandemic social life, and health anxiety.
What’s giving you hope for the future? What’s your favourite thing to do once things are back to normal? How do you stay hopeful during these tough times?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x
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