When this is over
When this is over
I’m going to run outside and I’m not gonna stop until I reach the center of our town
I’m going to stay outside until it’s dinner time and my mom forces me to come home
It’s like I’m ten again
And the streets and the trees are my home
And the bed I sleep in is a foreign object
I’m going to enjoy the company of my friends like never before
I’m even going to love waking up for class
I will appreciate everything
I will take into account every single second of the day
All 86,400 of them
That’s a lot
But I will truly appreciate all of them
I truly will
No longer are the days I will tell my friends I’m just gonna stay home today
Everyday I will be outside
I will not be alone in this.
Apparently everyone around me feels the same way
and will also be partaking in this thing called life
I also heard that 7 billion other people are going to do it too
We are going to appreciate more
Live everyday as it comes
Never complain again
We will swim and fish
and sing and pray
We will ride our bikes that sat rusty in our garage for who knows how many years until the sun goes down and we will frown because we want to stay
We will laugh
And laugh again
At what? No one really knows it just feels good to laugh again.
We are actually enjoying life this time around
And the best part is this time it’s going to last
Forever. And. Ever.
Ever. And. Ever.
Until our last breathe
We will play outside
And enjoy life for what it is
I promise. We all do. Because in this moment we mean it.
That lasts at best eight weeks
At best we enjoy life for eight weeks
And after that it’s back
The dread of going to school
or Work or whatever else it is
The dread of following through with plans you now regret making
Slowly enough we start to go back
But not because we want to
Because we have to get back to our lives (that’s what we will tell ourselves)
We can’t stay outside all hours of the day. It’s impossible. We were childish for even thinking that.
It will be slow at first
We will stay outside only for half the day as opposed to the full day
Winter is now here
An excuse to stay inside!
It’s too cold outside to go play
We are all secretly happy
We just don’t want to admit it to everyone else
But deep down we all sigh a breath of relief
“Oh just wait until the spring we will be back outside”
And then spring comes
“My allergies are bad I can’t stay outside to long”
But it’s hot.
It’s the hottest summer we have had since 1966
To hot to go outside
We have to stay in the air conditioned comfort of our houses
Drowning out the life we so desperately wanted this time last year with a cold refreshing ice tea and catching up on our favorite tv show
Nothing is better than a cold ice tea in summer. Right?
Memories of this time will slowly escape our memory.
We won’t remember the feelings of anxiety, as we prayed our loved ones would be safe. We won’t remember the absolute boredom we felt after binging every show on Netflix until there was nothing left.
Hobbies we started to pass the time have already been discarded with last year’s trash.
“What a crazy time that was”, we will say
“So glad that’s over”
“Remember how bored we were! Having to stay inside, it was awful.”
Little do we realize we are doing the same thing we were forced to do one year ago
Except it’s different now
Our choice.So it’s better.Because in quarantine we were forced to stay at home.But now is much different.So much different.
We aren’t staying home now because we are forced to. We are staying home because it’s hot.
Much too hot to go outside.
That’s the reason.
The only reason.
Appreciation will last a short while, and soon enough dread will creep back into our hearts and into our homes.
And soon enough we are back. To before this all started. Exactly the same.
Only now we know the ending of Tiger King.