• Kelley Rouland

What are you looking forward to?

I first got the idea for this blog post from one of my favorite bloggers, Love Taza She asked the simple question, what are you looking forward to post-pandemic? After a bit of research, I realized she got the idea from one of her favorite bloggers and so on and so forth. Basically, there has been a chain of bloggers asking this question. I love the idea. Life has changed so drastically since COVID-19. And so many things we took for granted before have disappeared from our lives. Simple things like hugs, get-togethers, and weekend trips seem elusive, like something from a time gone by. In many ways, the pandemic has changed me. Things I thought I wanted, like moving to a big city, have given way to visions of homesteading in the country. The pandemic has changed my perspective of life, the world, and so much more. Still, I'm grateful for things I've experienced during these strange times. More time at home has meant more time with my 4-legged little one, Pinkman, and more conversations and family time. With that said, here's my list of things I'm looking forward to post-pandemic.

No Masks

I can't express how much I am looking forward to going to a grocery store without a mask. Since the pandemic, masks are something we never leave home without. I'm ready to leave that in the past for good. I've noticed since we've been wearing masks, we look each other in the eyes less. I can't wait to see facial expressions and smiles when I speak with people. Communication is incredibly awkward when half of your face is covered.


I can't tell you how many times hugs were intercepted after realizing we're in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain socially distanced. I remember a conversation with a friend several months ago when she said, "I would hug you, but, you know, COVID. Sadly, that's been our reality for a year now, and I can genuinely say I'm ready to see that go away.

Gathering with friends

My fiance' and I are self-proclaimed homebody's. But once the pandemic hit, I realized how much I missed the occasional get-together. It's been over a year ago now since we've gotten together with friends, and I have to say I miss it. I miss the social aspect we once enjoyed pre-pandemic.

Eating out

We've always loved eating out. It's an event, a reason to get out of the house, and there is nothing like a nice restaurant with ambiance and good food. Now, here in Colorado, restaurants are starting to open up. So, things are somewhat returning to normal. Of course, there are still restrictions. Restaurants can only be at 50 percent capacity, and masks must be worn whenever you aren't sitting at your table. This past weekend we stopped at three restaurants before we found one that wasn't over an hour wait due to lower capacity. I'm looking forward to the day when we no longer have to worry about that.

The health of loved ones

This past year has been scary, and there is always that worry and concern for the ones we love. Of course, even before the pandemic, that was a thing, but now it seems amplified. I'm looking forward to the day when everyone in my family is fully vaccinated and safe.


As I stated earlier, we are homebody's, but everyone needs to get away now and then. I'm looking forward to a vacation. Time away is good for the soul. It makes you feel alive again and ready to take on the world when you return to everyday life. I miss that. Sadly, we canceled a vacation last year due to the pandemic, and I know so many people have similar stories. Sadly, we've missed out on so much. But I'm looking forward to the day when that is no longer a reality.

What are you looking forward to, and how has the pandemic changed you?

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