Never underestimate the power of human contact.
Last night I went to a birthday party for a friend of mine. I was excited to actually see other people face-to-face and have conversations like an actual adult. Throughout this whole Covid business, it’s been hit or miss being able to see people in person.
In the beginning of all of this, I was here at home; just me and the kids. Then, I slowly went back to work seven weeks later, and was able to actually talk with people I hadn’t seen in a while. That was a huge step and a big boost for my mental health.
But, tonight was special. We talked about races that we didn’t get to do this year and what our plans might be for the coming year. We had normal conversations about everyday stuff, like tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches and what type of bread is best for the experience to be just right. I was also reminded that I haven’t been writing….so here I am, back at it. I will admit, it’s been busy with the kids and work, but I have neglected writing this summer. I regret that, and I am vowing to make time.
It’s been hard not to be able to talk about our epic training adventures and our big plans for the future. It seems that has all been put on hold. But aside from all of our frustrations, we still had a good time.
Yes, there are still virtual endeavors, and they are challenging us to be better people. And I feel like there’s still hope on the horizon for all of us, if we can just be patient enough to wait.
I am so grateful for this crazy life, and I’m also grateful that the people I care about are healthy and well.
I know things will get back to normal eventually. They have to.
In the meantime, I was quite content to talk about things to come with good friends that share the same habits and hobbies as me. And it was good to look at people in the eye, to see their smiles, and to be able to interact in person. I will never take these simple things for granted ever again. At least Covid has taught me that.
We’re ready for you, 2021.
Stay well, friends.