We’re now on our third wave of restrictions lifting and life is feeling somewhat normal again. Many businesses are flinging open their doors following months of closure and most of people seem to be embracing it with open arms, but what happens if you’re not?
Like most change, I’m facing it with excitement, a healthy dose of skepticism and a bittersweet look back at the past. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to be able to go places again, although it is going to require some reacclimatising. After spending the best part of a year and some change with pretty much one person, I forget that I can make plans that don’t involve a walk with a person - or rather people - outside my household. It’s a great feeling until I then try to book a table at a restaurant only to find out I should have booked it weeks ago. I find planning is a like a muscle I’ve forgotten to flex, when it becomes apparent that I haven’t had to make plans for months.
When I eventually make it into said restaurant, I remember how great it is to eat a meal that’s not inside my home, or huddled outside in the inevitable cold. This is quickly followed by thoughts ranging from: wow, there’s so many people, to why are they sitting so close to me? Gosh, this food is good. How well has this table been cleaned? Are people sanitising their hands before they go to the toilet? I have to walk past people to get out. Will they think I’m walking too close? It’s so good to be out of the house!
Getting to these places also comes with it’s own new battle. I used to never think twice about getting on the Tube and touching multiple services that thousands of other people have touch, but suddenly I’m more aware of who’s sitting next to me, or how many people are standing in a carriage. I always relished finding the quietest carriage, even if it meant walking to the other end of the platform. Now it seems everyone is in on my game. Once I get settled though, I remember how much I love my journeys and the anticipation of going somewhere, the joys of people-watching or getting lost in whatever I’m listening to.
With TUBR, I relish helping people get reacquainted the Tube and hope that everyone can feel comfortable travelling again. Life is full of little adjustments and coming out of lockdown is just one more. It comes with anticipation of getting reacquainted to life outside of my four walls, a little hesitation of being around a lot of people, and mostly a greater appreciation for all the experiences I wasn’t able to have during lockdown. I do find readjusting to normal life is like riding a bike. Sometimes you just need to get back in the saddle, or hop back on the Tube. However, I’ll do it on my own terms and I’m ok with that.