With many folks under a stay-at-home order, it can get pretty challenging having the typical routine thrown off. Not being able to see friends or family, travel, go to the gym, or just go out to eat can be tough. As hard as these weeks are, there will be an end. It may take time, but there will come a day when we are all allowed to break free and things will go back to normal.
Staying inside, practicing social distancing, etc. is so important right now. But, with being in isolation, it can be tough, so thinking about what I’ll do when this is all over is something I’ve been doing a lot of. While some of them include things like go to the gym, hang out with friends, and go to church, one thing I’m really excited about is finally getting to go to my happy place: the beach!
A lot of times in personality questionnaires, there tends to be a question of preference between the mountains and the beach. Every time, I choose beach. I don’t mind the mountains and I understand why people would choose them over the beach, but I’ve always been a beach girl. Even with all the downsides people mention like sand getting everywhere and the possibility of sunburn, I will still always choose the beach. There’s just something about sitting on the beach with a book and a drink, listening to the waves crashing, feeling the coastal wind and sun on your skin, smelling the salt water. Now I sound like I’m setting the scene for a romance novel, haha.
While it may be a few weeks before I get to travel to my happy place, I will say looking at pictures is definitely making things easier. Yes, I could look at the pictures and focus on how I’m missing out on being there, but I’m choosing to look at them with the mindset of ‘at some point, I’m going to get to go there’. Instead of focusing on how I can’t travel there yet, I can start planning my travel there, figuring out which location to go to, how long I want to go for, where I could stay, and all of that. Having something to look forward to is definitely helping me stop focusing on the situation I’m in, but, rather, shift my focus to the good things I have to look forward to.
So, if you’re struggling with being isolated and having your schedule thrown for a loop, what are you most looking forward to doing when things get back to normal?