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The First Things I’m Going To Do When Quarantine Is Over

We are all dreaming of the day when quarantine is over. We have no idea when that may be, but it’s always nice to dream, isn’t it? That’s what I’ve been doing anyway and I can say that it does help me get through this tough time. It gives you something to look forward to, to save for, and to plan for.

It can be hard to think about this right now, in the midst of the quarantine, but if you’re like me, thinking about things like this helps you keep the positivity going and keeps you from going entirely stir crazy.

5 Things I’m Going To Do When Quarantine Is Over

1. Hug my grandmother.

I have been fortunate to be able to see my grandmother from her window, but that is about as close as I have gotten to her in fear that I may be a carrier.

The absolute first thing I am going to do when it’s safe to do so is go over to her house and give her a hug. Talking via phone and via window just isn’t the same, as I’m sure many of you understand and relate to.

We all have those loved ones we have not been able to see or hug and once it’s safe to, I am sure this is going to be the first thing many people do.

2. Book that vacation.

I love traveling. A few years back I told myself I wanted to visit one new country every year and I held myself to this. This will be the first year in a while I will not be able to do that.

As someone who typically travels domestically and internationally at least ten times a year, I already feel the void. Once it’s safe to travel again, I am most definitely out of here. Even if at first it just has to be a road trip and not involve plane travel, it’s happening.

3. Support local businesses — in person.

I have been trying my hardest to support local shops in my area during this quarantine, but unfortunately, a lot of them had to close down as not being essential. Even as much as I try to order from local restaurants that are still open, it’s not the same.

When they are back up and running, I plan to frequent them and support them as much as I can, from the little bookshop up the block to the restaurant that just couldn’t handle switching to delivery or takeout.

I am going to try as much as I can to prioritize supporting local rather than big chains, as I don’t want to see any of them close permanently.

4. Visit the salon.

I had finally gotten my nails to exactly the shape and length and I wanted them to be… and then we entered quarantine.

As I’m sure many can relate to, I haven’t done my own nails since I was a teenager and I would change the color frequently to match my outfit.

Attempting to do my own nails the other day was quite the spectacle, and due to not knowing when quarantine was over, it just made more sense to file them down short.

Short nails are not something that I have had since I was in elementary school! You bet as soon as nail salons open I will be there to get this fixed. The same goes for hair salons, as by the time this quarantine ends, my hair will be two different colors.

5. Spend more time with friends and family.

Think about all of those nights we found excuses not to hang with our friends and family from the “Ugh, I’ve had a long day at work” to the “I’m too tired” or the “I just don’t feel like showering and doing my hair and make-up and figuring out what to wear.”

We are all guilty of that, myself included (especially during the cold winter months!).

Well, that is all something I am going to work on not doing again. I want to spend as much time as I can with friends and family and fully take advantage of actually being able to see them in person rather than just virtually. It is so great that we have technology to stay in touch, but again, it’s just not the same.

There are so many things that we likely took for granted before quarantine started that we didn’t even realize.

The above seem like simple things, but I have personally realized that they do mean a lot. They are all things I miss doing and all things I cannot wait to do again.

What are some of the first things you are looking forward to doing once we’re out of quarantine? I’m sure for many of us, it’s seeing those family and friends we have not been able to see and giving them a huge hug.

About the Author

Michelle Ioannou

Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts '13 and a Master of Arts '14. She is currently working on social media and event planning in the nonprofit world while blogging on the side about the Mets. Her interests include The Mets, The Patriots, iced coffee, Greece, and escaping to tropical islands. Her long term career goal is to continue to share her story and experiences to help as many people as she can.

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