Things I Can Live Without Doing (Ever Again)

The pandemic took a lot of things away. They're coming back, slowly, but there was so much we couldn't do for such a long time. But rather than focus on all the things I miss and can't wait to do again (there's like exactly one thing and it's eating at Flat Top Grill), I'm instead offering up the things I am so happy went away and I would be quite content to never, ever do any of these things again, regardless of the state of the world.

(Inspired by Steph's post here, but the opposite.)

Watching a movie in a theater. I'm confident the last movie I saw in theaters was Pitch Perfect 3 with Megan on New Year's Eve 2017, and even then it was her idea. I'm not a theater person, I would always rather watch it at home, where I can control the sound and temperature and snacks and can pause when I need to pee. Plus the sounds of a room full of people eating popcorn is just so gross, I can't handle it. And it's insanely overpriced for what it is. There's just no movie I can imagine I'd want to see that badly that I can't wait for it to come out on some digital means.

Shopping in store without purpose, especially in a mall. I think hanging out at malls was just the thing to do in the late 90s/early 2000s. I spent so much time in these places, especially because my high school was right by one, and there was even one in my relatively small suburb growing up. Shout out to you, Lincolnwood Mall. And I remember buying little things here and there, or food. That's how they get you, all the window shopping and kiosks and options to eat, signs for sales everywhere you look. And I just don't shop that way anymore. Shopping is not how I like to spend my time. I let my life dictate what I need, not the storefronts. So when I see that I need something, like shampoo or new mixing bowls, I research that exact item and that item only and either order it online or go to the store and pick up just that thing. No more window shopping for this girl.

Hanging out at a club or crowded bar. I'm not sure I ever enjoyed doing these things, but I did them. I know I never liked clubs but my best friend did so sacrifices we make, right? I've hung out in a lot of crowded bars in my day and I'm not sorry to leave them all behind. In recent years, I've gone out of my way to find the least crowded dive bars in an area, and going forward, I wouldn't mind one bit if all bars had restrictions to half their previous capacity. People having to stay 6 feet away from me at all times is the greatest thing to come out of this past year.

Getting my nails done. The only time I ever do this is with my mom. She loves going, I hate being touched by strangers. And I think my nails look better and feel 1000% healthier when I do them myself, which was very apparent when salons were shut down and I was able to do it all myself. I'm not saying I'll never get them done again because it is my mother's favorite bonding activity, but I'm going to push for finding an alternative because I would love to not have to do that again.

Boarding a plane. Ironically, this made Steph's list of things she wants to be doing. Not I. No planes for me, ever again, as long as I can help it. I think you all know that by now, I don't fly.

Going to a beach. I have so much animosity towards sand. I really can't stand it. If I never have to set bare feet on a beach again, I will be so happy. I also don't like water where I can't see the bottom so there's really no need for beach-going anyway. There's just no activities that can only be done at a beach that I have any interest it.

What have you been not missing at all and plan on leaving out of your life for good?

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