I just traveled to Savannah, Ga.
I did it.
And ... it wasn’t at all how I thought it’d be.
A few things took me by surprise but were completely understandable. Hotels don’t have valet, bell hops, or housekeeping service.
I wasn’t complaining.
Germ free is the way right now, and I never have housekeeping service after I disinfect my room upon arrival. Yep. I’m that guest. The one who brings her own disinfectant and sanitizes the room before touching anything. I’ve been doing this for years. Long before COVID. On planes, I’m just as bad. The passenger with antibacterial wipes, cleaning every nook and crevice. My kids would roll their eyes. Now, that behavior is normal.
I have health issues that slow me down some days and make me more susceptible to illnesses, which is why I’ve always been this way. It made COVID even scarier and my anxiety over my health and cleanliness worse.
Going to Savannah was a struggle for me mentally. We'd planned to visit a while ago and then postponed the trip due to COVID. When the world slowly reopened, a celebration for a friend occurred and we had a choice: miss it or take our first step toward reclaiming our lives.
What better way to start anew than with a celebration of happiness after so much hardship and stress?
On the drive up, the roads were filled with out-of-state licenses plates. We weren't the only ones taking a road trip.
In Savannah, I was surprised at how many people were out and about. Social distancing was present and respected, masks were worn, cleanliness was a top priority in restaurants and stores. The joyous occasion was beautiful filled with love and hope. And for a weekend the world wasn't such a scary place.
People were happy! Workers, locals, visitors. Everyone was respectful and incredibly nice. It was a new kind of normal and an adjustment for all, but everyone seemed fortunate to be participating in a version of what was once daily life. People were helpful, friendly, and courteous.
The same thing happened in Orlando, Florida when businesses started reopening. Employees were happy to see us and eager to help however they could. People want human interaction and establishments everywhere need our support. They've suffered enough.
If you’ve been on the fence about how to move forward as the world reopens, perhaps take my experience as a steppingstone. Even with all my health concerns and fears, I chose to take control over my life (while being safe) and I ended up having a wonderful time.
We can’t change the past or predict the future. All we can do is live in the present. You choose how you do that.
I’m not saying do what I did, but even a change in your perspective can help ease your worries about this new world and how you fit in it.
Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay positive. Blue skies are on the horizon!
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Parties around the world.
Living in a luxury hotel.
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Some pics from the trip!