Seeing friends and loved ones face-to-face became a risky activity. As a result, our celebrations and traditions either changed or got deferred.
Throughout the pandemic, there was a tragic loss of life and businesses suffered tragic losses as well.
While I think everyone could come up with a long list of the things that they missed during the pandemic, there might be a bit of a bright side when thinking of the things we did not miss, during the stay-at-home advisories.
Here are my top 50:
2. Driving in snow;
3. Driving in rain;
4. Driving in freezing rain;
5. The fear of driving in freezing rain;
6. Driving around potholes;
7. Driving around random road construction;
8. Driving in peak construction season when it seems that every east-west artery is under some form of road repair;
9. Navigating through traffic jams;
10. The fear of having the car break down unexpectedly and becoming the cause a traffic jam;
11. Navigating through poor road conditions when the plow hasn’t cleared the snow yet;
12. Navigating through poor road conditions even though the plow “cleared the snow”;
13. Navigating around car accidents;
14. Navigating around bad drivers;
15. Spotting a driver with their eyes on their cell phone rather than the road;
16. Navigating around people who don’t use turn signals;
17. Navigating around gas prices that go up and down like a yo-yo;
18. In my last place, navigating around the obstacle course of my neighbours’ kids’ toys in the lane;
19. Packed parking lots at shopping centres;
20. People who park too closely;
21. Lack of on-street parking;
22. Running for the bus;
23. The bus running late;
24. A bus driving past my stop because it is already full;
25. Missing a bus connection;
26. Not getting a seat on the bus, and standing for the duration of the ride, when experiencing a back ache;
27. The fear of being late for appointments or reservations – I hardly had any appointments during the lockdown, so no problem;
28. Shopping on the days before a holiday weekend;
29. Boxing Day shopping;
30. Black Friday shopping;
31. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, holding my breath while transiting through department stores’ perfume counters;
32. People who check their cell phones during a movie;
33. People who feel a need to share their every thought during a movie despite strong shushing from everyone around them;
34. Office temperature fluctuations;
35. Dressing in layers to account for office temperature fluctuations;
36. Wardrobe planning;
37. Having the right outerwear in case of a sudden change in weather;
38. Having stayed at home as much as I did, I didn’t miss the winter road salt stains on my boots and the back of my pants;
39. The monthly testing of the office fire alarm system. Even though we get an email a couple of days prior, it still seems to catch me off guard and scare the crap out of me;
40. Office fire drills;
41. Trying to find a convenient time for a large group meeting, when most can be in attendance;
42. Hunting for boardrooms for large group meetings;
43. My waistline didn’t miss those baskets of leftover Halloween candy scattered around the office;
44. Having to plan and pack lunches ahead of time. Working from home, there was more of a sense of in-the-moment food decisions (provided I thought about it on the once-per-week grocery night);
45. Worrying about whether I properly locked the front door. I never went anywhere, so it was a non-issue;
46. Worrying about whether I properly locked the car door. I never went anywhere, so it was a non-issue;
47. Picking up a cold from “Typhoid Mary” at the office who didn’t stay at home;
48. While I certainly prefer living in a tidy house, I didn’t worry about dust bunnies too much, given that we didn’t have anyone over;
49. I did not miss worrying about how to navigate around concert or sporting event traffic;
50. The rush of buying tickets for concerts or events as soon as they were released (which seemingly got replaced by the rush of booking a time slot to get vaccinated);
For these reasons, after a year-long break from all of the above, I actually feel less anxious overall. Who knew?!
With vaccinations well underway, we are probably not going to be back to our old normal anytime soon, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
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