Our lockdown was lifted about 2 weeks ago for the vaccinated. We can finally leave our local areas, visit other households and engage in more ‘normal’ activities like going to gyms or the movies. Kids are going back to school after a whole term being homeschooled.
Emerging from hiberation, hairdressers are booked out and nail salons were the place to be on the first day out of lockdown.
This change has been a great morale boost. Even if it’s just knowing that you can go wherever is reassuring and being able to make a greater wardrobe selection apart from loungewear is bringing some excitement. It’s just that I’ve forgotten how to socialise.
It’s coming into the end of year summer holidays too and I’m sure everyone is already trying to figure out Christmas plans. For those with families interstate, their fingers and toes are crossed that internal borders will also open without lengthy quarantining. Yes, internal borders aren’t all open yet.
Next month, international flights resume for Australians to travel out of Australia but I am wary that perhaps there might not be many flights back?
I’m not sure if this has occurred elsewhere but I still feel a sense of hesitancy. Is it the masks? Is it the lack of smiles and ‘human-ness’?
Am I just playing it safe?
Did my brain just adapt to the lockdown life and now needs to adapt back to the normal world?
Did I just become even more introverted in the past 3 months than I already am?
As the city wakes up from its months of slumber, I await the return of exhibitions, concerts and cultural events.