Like all sane and normal people who give a fuck about public health, I have been social distancing for the past God knows how long. And I’m getting pretty tired of it.
Listen, I would call myself an introvert. In college I took the MBTI test for a class and got INFJ. Apparently, that’s a pretty unique category to get, which was a source of pride for me until I realized that the MBTI is basically all bullshit. Seriously, I can’t believe personality tests are allowed to be referenced in classes and office environments. Personality science is about as legitimate as only hiring water signs or running everyone’s name against numerology standards. Less, actually, because I’m a water sign.
Anyway, as a self-described introvert (I know this is an annoying thing to say but get over it), I thought this would be a piece of cake. And it pretty much was, until I started thinking about all of the things I could once do without feeling like I was risking my life, like going to Target and In-N-Out.
And then, I started thinking about the things that I have never really done, but liked the idea of doing, that I no longer can do because, you know. Public health and whatever. In an attempt to hold myself accountable to myself and my sister (who is the only person who is going to read this), I have decided to keep a running list of all of the activities that suddenly seem appealing, now that I can no longer do them.
Things I will definitely, in no uncertain terms, do immediately after the threat of Coronavirus is gone:
- Visit to a museum once a month
- Curl my hair for work and put effort into my outfits
- Go to the farmers market every Sunday
- Go to the gym and do yoga five times a week
- Go to the flea market every month
- Wear red lipstick during the day (and also at night, which I don’t do)
- Make buffalo chicken dip and eat it with crusty toasted bread
- Just dick around in coffee shops during the day, I don’t know
- Fall in love in a bookstore
- Have a party and take people’s pictures for a Polaroid wall
- Make enough friends to do the above item
- Wear a blazer over a T-shirt and jeans for a casual yet professional look
- Get up at 5am every morning to meditate**
Anyway, I’ll continue to update this list, probably as I gaze wistfully out the window, mourning the life I didn’t know I had before this.
*Before I really get going here, I would like to acknowledge that it is a privilege to be bored during this difficult time. I’m lucky to have a job where I can work from home and I don’t take that lightly.
**I guess I could do this now, I just don’t want to.unsplash-logoGlenn Carstens-Peters