Over the past few weeks, countries around the world have restricted people’s movement in order to stop the pandemic. And in the world where we live, we travel, we circulate, we cross borders but the virus travels with us. The big border walls and baggage checks can’t stop the virus. All of us who are currently in the self-quarantine should know that the Covid-19 Pandemic will not be over until we have a vaccine, which could take months. And sure, being ordered by the government to stay inside is not a fun thing. Since it’s critical that we do this, I can reassure you guys that we can get through the ordeal of staying home for some time. We might even learn some novel indoor activities, like cleaning up. On the one hand, it’s good to focus on our current situation and try to make the best out of it, but on the other hand, I can’t help thinking about what our lives were before that idiot had the bat soup. Now when I am in quarantine, I realized what freedom is for the first time in my life. I can assure you that it will never leave me. Freedom is not something that automatically gives us happiness or wonderful memories. Freedom is something that we can use to attain happiness and make wonderful memories. Freedom is our birthright. The highest form of freedom is the ability to actualize your dreams, to create a life of meaning, purpose, and wellbeing. And to let go of your worries, regrets about the past, and just to live in the moment. We all use this freedom to do the things we like, things that our subconscious mind finds pleasant.  When you do this, you become more alive! To keep myself sane, I like to think about all those little things that I miss.

Here are a few things that I miss the most.

Some may find this totally weird, but I actually miss waking up at 6 AM and getting ready for the day. I felt like I have a purpose in life. I had places to be and things to do. But now nothing.

The BEACH – I miss going to the beach, I miss the sound of the ocean, I miss the sand, I miss the wind blowing in my face, I miss the colors of the sea, I miss those beers at the beach and I miss those beautiful sunsets at the beach the most. I miss seeing the sun kiss the ocean goodnight.

HANGING OUT! – I miss really miss hanging with my friends, joking around and try to humiliate each other in public. Going to these cafes and restaurants together was actually so much fun. Who would have thought there would come a time where we won’t be allowed to hang out anymore. I eat alone these days.   

PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT – I didn’t know then, but now I realize how important it is to have people who care about close at a time like this. Seeing one another eye to eye is very comforting and reassuring. I understand that we have a need of knowing about the wellbeing of our family and friends.

CRUISING AROUND ON MY MOTORCYCLE – Now when I am stuck at home, all I want to do is get on my motorcycle and just ride. It’s not about going somewhere in particular, but riding around, the wind blowing in my face. A dog who sticks his head out of the window will understand this.

FEASTING – I am not talking about your everyday survival shit but some serious junk food. Those guilty pleasure foods like those juicy burgers, potato chips with those unique toppings, crispy carbs, nachos, crispy baked onion rings, pizzas, porotta beef fry, tandoori chicken, shwarma, or go sweet with a sundae, pastries, and whatever that makes your mouth so watery. My mouth and I miss all this.

LATE NIGHT PARTYING – You have got your outfit sorted, the group chat is going off, and an uber is ready to take you to the club. Get there and gulping down those drinks, seeing all those beautiful women on the dance floor, and dancing away all your worries.  Drinking some more and hitting the next club, yeah, I am talking about club hopping. Those nights which turned into mornings no more. The situation has gotten so much worse that I can’t even get a drop of alcohol. Wine shops closed, Pubs closed, and fun closed.

GOING ON WALKS – I miss those times when I could just take outside, get some fresh air, seeing people around. I haven’t seen any around human beings in a while. And I never thought that I’ll miss people. I miss the trees at the parks, the dogs on the sidewalk, Butterflies in the garden, birds at the park.

ADVENTURES – Life was so much fun when we were going on adventures, whether it’s big or small. It can be anything like climbing up a mountain, jumping off a cliff, riding a motorcycle, hitchhiking, or million other things. The spirit of adventure is stepping into the unknown, overcoming our fears, and thrill of not knowing what is going to happen. I miss the thrill of life.  

MOUNTAINS – Once a man has told me that people living in the mountains are the happiest people, and I completely agree with him. I don’t think anyone can be sad on the mountains. I miss those beautiful, majestic mountains and the amazing view. The snow-covered peaks have always amazed and left me spellbound with its astonishing beauty. I miss looking at the mountains, I miss those hairpins curves, and I miss having a smoke up there in that climate.

I MISS THE HAPPINESS OF BEING OUTSIDE- I have never been locked inside my house for so long. I miss those carefree days of doing anything I want. I miss going out at any freaking time of the day. I have found this to be both sad and scary at the same time. I like to think about the euphoria of just getting back to our lives. The hope of being able to do all these things again keeps me sane.

“I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.” – The Shawshank Redemption