Out With The Old Ways: What I’m Leaving Behind After Lockdown

The Pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have highlighted what truly matters to us most, as well as what really doesn’t. 

Here’s a list of a few things I’m determined to live without, as life begins to return to some sort of normality.

1). A regular hairdresser. 

I used to spend a small fortune every four to six months on a cut and colour. 

Since the most recent lockdown has lifted, I’ve taken to what I call a ‘bloke’s trim,’ where I walk into an empty looking hair salon and ask for a quick dry trim to tidy up the edges.

No procrastinating over what colour highlights to go for, whether to have foils or a Balayage, or whether I should change my style (I used to spend ages thinking about it then go either go for the same style as always or pick something extreme and hate it. The hours of mental energy I used to expend on this!).

There are a few greys appearing here and there, but I’ve decided to grow into them for a while, they’re barely noticeable and I have a tall friend who I trust to let me know when it’s time for me to commence the full-on head coverage, or maybe I’ll just rock my silver streaks, who knows?

2).  Clothes Shopping

Shopping was losing its charm for me way before lockdown, it just took not being able to buy anything to put the final nail in the coffin:  I realised there’s not actually that much stuff I need.

Simplifying my wardrobe has made it easier to get dressed, less choice means less procrastination, and everything is easier to find.

The few items of clothing I have bought since the shops reopened have come from a charity shop (added feel good factor), and also from my sister-in-iaw, who sends things she no longer wears my way (thanks Sis).

It turns out having something second hand is just as satisfying as having a new purchase.

3).  Getting Drunk

I’ve been over this one in my heart for a long time, it just took a while for my brain and body to catch up, but I won’t be returning to regular weekend binge drinking sessions, I’d much rather curl up in front of the fire with a book and a hot chocolate (I’m not sure if my twenty-year old self would look upon this with disdain or admiration).

4).  Food Shopping in Person

I’ve never liked the supermarket.  Pushing an unwieldy trolley full of produce, bathed in the stark and unflattering glow of fluorescent lighting was never enjoyable at the best of times, but throw in one-way systems, social distancing and face masks and it completely lost even the most miniscule molecule of charm.

So now I mostly order my groceries online.  I’m less likely to impulse buy so we waste less food, and it takes a fraction of the time.

5).  Excessive Planning

I used to try to plan and micro-manage everything.

If I was ordering something for the house, like a vacuum cleaner, I would compare every option out there before making a decision.

If I was booking a holiday, I would look at all the hotels before I picked one, then book the best restaurants in the area in advance (also similarly researched).

This way of doing things led to high expectations and, as I discovered in 2020, high expectations can lead to disappointment.

Nowadays, I’m much more likely to go with my gut, or ask someone for a recommendation.  Most of the time it works out fine, it certainly hasn’t worked out any worse than when I used to spend copious amounts of time researching.  I’ve realised that life is just too short, and I’m learning to go with the flow a bit more.

What are you saying goodbye to post lockdown?  Leave a comment below and let me know.


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15 thoughts on “Out With The Old Ways: What I’m Leaving Behind After Lockdown

  1. Excellent question. I’m with you on ditching a regular hair appointment, I’ll just go when I feel like it. I’m not one to enjoy shopping for clothes, so I’ll continue buying most of them online. I/we haven’t done takeout in over a year, so that’s gone. I do look forward to eating in a restaurant again, having someone serve me food. I am a planner, but if 2020 taught one thing it is be flexible about what you plan. Do what you can, enjoy what you will. Be more relaxed, I guess.

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    • It’s surprising to hear you haven’t done take out in over a year, our take outs have definitely increased in 2020/21.

      I went to a restaurant with my daughter last week…it wasn’t quite the same (had to order and pay by a mobile app) & I didn’t enjoy the food as much as what I’ve been cooking at home, but it’s early days.

      Totally with you in regards to flexibility. I think I had quite a rigid mindset in some areas before, & a need to try to predict the outcome of things. Hoping I’ve relaxed somewhat ☺️

      I just hope I manage to keep sight of what’s important long term.

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  2. It’s amazing what we really need to enjoy life as opposed to what we want. Lockdown has made us all think… challenging my thoughts. Great.

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    • Thanks so much 🙏 😊 sorry to hear you’re still in lockdown, whereabouts in the world are you?

      More days off sounds like a good plan…I used to feel lazy if I spent time doing nothing much, but lockdown has shown me how important it is to have that time to be a bit more still.

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  3. Absolutely agree with the points you’ve made. Lockdown has also made me realise I’m not as sociable as I once thought. Not having every weekend planned seeing friends or family almost brought a feeling of relief that I didn’t have to cook, entertain and clean the house. It also helped me to appreciate who the important people in my life are…..namely the ones you don’t have to make an effort for. X

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    • I think so many people feel like this…what I’m interested in is the seemingly inexorable slide into how things were before, at least socially…I don’t know about you but I‘m finding it easier said than done to hold on to some of the changes I wanted to make, mostly the social ones, there’s too much FOMO! 😂🙈 xx

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