The beginning of the new academic year has marked the start of going back to a new kind of normal. Before the summer holidays, schools were still in bubbles, social distancing and face coverings were enforced and hand gel was used more times a day than ever before.
I imagine there were mixed emotions when everyone returned in September, some no doubt couldn’t wait to get rid of all the rules whilst others may have felt more anxious.
For me, I was disappointed about bubbles no longer existing because I was dreading doing the school run particularly knowing everyone would be fighting for a space to park! However, as with many things in life, I have soon adapted to the new routine. It is nice not to have to wear a face mask for the school run and of course it has allowed my daughter to start school as we all know it, it’s lovely to hear children singing in assemblies and see them playing with their friends.
However, case numbers are still high here so it does feel a little uneasy, but we just have to do what we can.
Up until recently I was wearing face masks whenever I was indoors but then I have been to a few indoor gatherings lately where nobody else has been wearing them and so neither have I. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid to be the odd sheep but at the same time, if this is how life is going to be for the foreseeable future, then I feel there are times when not wearing a mask could be ok.
I have certainly noticed that more people are choosing not to wear a mask and I guess that could be down to being sick of wearing them or the fact that it’s not mandatory anymore, yet whether out of habit or still feeling a little unsure of things, I still automatically put my mask on every time I go inside a shop.
I guess part of me feels a sense of responsibility for others as I wouldn’t want to pass on Covid to my Mum, those I care about or any of the clients that I work with.
The best part of life returning to some sort of normality is being able to attend events, spend time with others, being able to make plans and of course, hugs!
I am aware that there may be another wave but it would appear that the UK government has no intention of doing an awful lot about it other than make masks compulsory again. In which case, fingers crossed Christmas can go ahead this year. Last Christmas I managed to take my girls to see Santa, but it was a socially distanced visit where they could only wave at him from a distance whilst stood outside. Hopefully this year they may actually get to see him up close and maybe even get a photo with him!
We didn’t get to go to Hull fair last year as it was cancelled but this year it is going ahead. However, I have decided that we won’t be going as despite it being the biggest fair that is happening this year (as Goose Fair has been cancelled) there won’t be any real safety measures in place and I know how crowded it normally is, therefore it doesn’t make me feel easy.
I am definitely looking forward to living life again, I’m excited about what the future brings, and I feel that the summer gave me a chance to start dipping my toes in the water! I certainly can’t imagine going into another lockdown, I think I would find it too hard. I realise that I need that social contact (says the woman who is not a social animal!) and I have a thirst for life…for meeting people, going out and trying new things.
I guess I feel like I have found my wings and I am ready to fly!