One of the sad realizations I’ve had post-vaccination is that my life won’t really change. Although my family has some financial security and no bosses to report to, I’m not sure we will truly be free unless our loved ones are also free.
The first thing I did after getting my second shot was try to plan a trip to Honolulu to see my parents. I haven’t seen them in 15 months and they are in their 70s. I know I will miss them when they are gone.
Yet, when I proposed the idea to visit two weeks after my second shot, my parents were hesitant. To them, it felt too soon, despite being fully vaccinated themselves.
“What about the variants?” my mother asked.
Although I was bummed, I completely understood her hesitancy. It’s hard to change our precautionary behavior after more than 15 months of being so careful. For many, the lockdowns have been traumatizing. It will take time to return to normal.
Therefore, despite having the freedom to fly there before the summer rush, I will stay here in San Francisco with my family like someone with no time off. I was originally planning to go alone for 5-8 days to catch up and reset the clock. But now a video chat will have to suffice.