What is life going to be like after widespread vaccinations? It’s doubtful we’ll snap back to where we “left off” before the pandemic. So many loved ones will not be with us. Many businesses haven’t survived and won’t be available. For me, although not involving COVID, the past year has been difficult with my physical and mental health seriously declining even further from a pretty low baseline.
We will never turn our family room into a classroom for pre-k and I’m not going to be able to hold a job, because I am not consistently strong or well enough to be reliable. What will the future hold?
Not a futurist by nature, I can’t predict long-term societal changes that will shape our world post-pandemic. With the rollout of the vaccines, I am pondering what will be ahead for me. In the short term, my husband and I plan to travel to the coast, renting a privately owned beach cabin for a week at the end of February. We’ll be practicing all protective measures as we travel, but I do think the fresh air and openness of the ocean will be uplifting and healing for me physically and spiritually. My one other dream, at this point, is that I will be interested in and capable of a wonderful season of planting beginning in the late spring. I’d really love to be able to stroll the garden departments and nurseries myself, choosing herbs, vegetables and flowers. That’s as far as I can see, and these two sweet dreams becoming reality would be enough for me.