Things That I Miss

I want to hop on a train headed to NYC to see a Broadway show in a packed theater.

I want to go to a big concert, and sing and dance and bond with other fans over emotionally-charged live music.

I want to get on a airplane and fly far away for a girls’ weekend with my long-distance friends who I have not seen in person since February.

I want to stay in a hotel for pleasure as a little getaway from regular life. I would even be able to deal with my relentless hotel anxiety about bugs and things that blacklights can find.

I want to go to the movies or a house party or even just a restaurant in my town to enjoy a good meal with a group of friends inside the building.

Hell, I just want to BE WITH PEOPLE.

Family. Friends. Acquaintances. Strangers.

I want to touch people.

I want to shake their hands.

I want to hug them if I am moved to do so.

And, I want to be able to do these things
without restrictions.

Without masks.

Without paralyzing fear of the wrath of a global pandemic.

God, I miss all of these things.

What would you do right now if you could?

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