During shelter-in-place, I realized that there are certain things that I am starting to appreciate (of course, recognizing my privilege) which are:
Regular baking and cooking schedule
Not missing large gatherings of people—why did I think that I enjoy those large crowds of people???
Traveling. As someone who flew across the world for various purposes, the ache of traveling is something that still stays with me. Beyond the glossy photos of food and sights, I cannot unremember the lack of sleep, the uncomfortable beds, the long traveling times, and potentially in the future, visa issues. But I do the miss the discovery of new foods and the serendipity of new experiences
Not missing small talk at all. Every communication now is intentional! For a very valid purpose. So I don’t want to revert to a world where I have to do aimless conversation at a party where I am really just there to see the host!
Ability to escape parties by a click of a button than negotiating complicated social graces
The fact that socialization can still work with small groups. Look how I turned out!