We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic that has completely changed how we live our lives. Our world has completely changed in an incredibly short space of time. Since the beginning, I’ve likened the coronavirus pandemic and consequential lockdown to something we’ve only ever seen in movies. It’s surreal, scary, and hard for even the strongest of people to process. I’ve been quite open about my struggles during this difficult time, and today I’d like to share something I’ve been working on which helps me to see life beyond COVID 19. My post lockdown bucket list is a list of everything I want to do and achieve both as an individual and as a family unit.
A post lockdown bucket list is something I highly recommend you create both for yourself and alongside your family. It gives us all hope, enthusiasm for the future and the ability to imagine a world where coronavirus no longer exists.
My post lockdown bucket list is a mix of both exciting and everyday, mundane activities. It’s a mixture of things I have missed, things I’ve realised I want and/or need to do or achieve, snippets of simplicity and normality and memory making intention.
First things first, I want to take the children out for the day. I’m not talking about an all singing all dancing big day out. Even just a simple day at the park with a picnic alongside friends and/or family would be enough. One thing I’ve realised during this pandemic is how much we all take simple things for granted. Of course I can’t wait to be able to take them to the cinema or go swimming, but we just need to make simple, unrestricted memories with the people we love most in the world.
I’ve also realised how much I adore my grandparents, it’s been 12 weeks since my daughter last hugged her beloved Grandma. The day we can walk into their house and wrap our arms around them cannot come soon enough.
Sending the kids to school is quite a controversial topic amongst parents at the moment. Some parents refuse to send their children back to school until the risk is minimal, others have no choice but to send their children in so that they can work, and others, like myself, have to look at the bigger picture and realise how vital those 6 hours each day are to both children and parents. When the children are able to go back to school, the one thing I’m looking forward to the most is doing a food shop alone!
I also can’t wait to see them reunite with the friends. Both of the children are incredibly sociable with lovely friends and they’ve really missed being alongside them all at school. I don’t think Theo realised quite how much he’d miss going to school. As for Mia, well, she was missing school on day one!
This blog has taken a bit of a backseat during the pandemic. I seem to spend all day every day juggling learning at home with being a mum whilst also trying to stop the dog eating the cat and also keep the house tidy. When I do have time to myself, I usually fall asleep on the sofa! I can count on one hand how many times I’ve opened my laptop up since the end of March. However, that is going to change from now on.
I’ve realised quite how much this blog benefits not just it’s readers, but also myself. Writing is my escape, my way of channeling my thoughts and emotions, my creative outlet, without it, I’ve been a little lost. So watch this space! When the world finds its new normal, I’m planning on making Just The Three Of Us bigger and better than ever.
Whilst I’m talking about writing, I should probably mention that I want to do more than just blog. I’ve been looking at extending the capabilities of my treasured creative outlet. Lockdown has given me a lot of time to think. I’m not sure exactly what I want to do next, but I do know that writing is my passion. I want to explore its possibilities.
I’m craving sea air. I want to go shopping with my best friend and walk along the street with the children without having to remind them to keep their distance. They’ve been amazing throughout all of this, but it’s strange for us all, even adults. I can’t even begin to imagine how strange it is for children.
When all of this is over, I’m going to focus on myself, my career and my children more than ever before. I want them to see me achieve my dreams, not become so bogged down by day-to-day life that I never achieve or do anything until they reach adulthood. COVID 19 has been a huge reminder to us all to appreciate the little things, and that is exactly what I intend to do. I’m setting myself a challenge to complete a list of wishes in the three months post lockdown. I’ll be back to tick each thing off as and when I do it. Keep an eye to find out whether I mange it or not.
- Take the children to the park with a picnic.
- Take the children swimming.
- Visit my grandparents.
- Go to the beach.
- Book a seaside break for the three of us for next year.
- Finally shop in Aldi again!
- Go shopping with my best friend.
- Hug my friends and family without fear.
- Reunite the children with their closest buddies.
- Take the children on a big trip out as a belated birthday celebration.
- Host a family BBQ.
- Focus more of my attention on blogging.