In her Sunday Poser #129 Sadje asked whether, since Covid, we prefer to stay home or go out to relax at the weekends. Having given this question some thought, I wonder if there needs to be a change in behaviour since Covid. Or rather, the change may not always be in reaction to the restrictions of the Covid lockdowns, but could be something else. I’m working on the assumption that some people would have decided on the end of the lockdowns that they were going to make the most of the freedom by going out etc. Whereas there will be others who, since the pandemic, will be more reluctant, hesitant and wary of going out – we still see people regularly wearing face masks although they’re no longer compulsory. Neither of these situations really applied to me. For my part, I know I don’t want to stay home any more, but equally this is because my health and fitness have improved over the past 3 years, I’m more able to act on my own desires – going out more – for coffees, for meals with friends – and to explore.
To a great extent, prior to the Covid pandemic my life was already locked down as beyond going to and from work I wasn’t able to go out, regularly declining invitations to socialise. However, the intromission given by the pandemic allowed me to repair (as per my recent post) so post Covid I emerged in a stronger position than previously. Given I’d just regained control of the energy I had, I was going out, nothing was going to hold me back and I certainly wasn’t staying at home.
For me, it wasn’t necessarily about being able to organise big nights out or having friends over for dinner; it was more mundane, being able to go into town shopping and not need to come home after the first shop, or need a 2 hour coffee break after the 20 minute bus journey into town before doing anything else.
I wanted to be able to arrange to go to the theatre with my friend and not have to consider whether I would have the energy to cope with a meal and the theatre on the same day. Not having to think about the consequences of a night out at the theatre; would I pay for it 48 hours later when the CFS decides to make its appearance and cripple me with fatigue and pain throughout my body lasting for a week or more.
Emerging from the lockdowns after the pandemic I discovered I was able to go for nights out without taking these factors into and this makes such a difference. To be able to go for a coffee, drinks or a meal after work on a Friday rather than feeling driven to head home and seek out my bed has been such a treat.
I’ve spent so much time sitting on the sidelines because of CFS, that now I’ve turned the situation around, I’m not staying home. Therefore, since Covid, I’m going out more but because I can, because I’m physically able, not because Covid lockdowns restricted me.
Do you go out more or less since Covid introduced the enforced lockdowns in many parts of the world? Tell me of your own experiences in the comments section.
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