This has been a good week hasn’t it? The 10th of May brought more easing of restrictions following what has been an incredibly tough lockdown period for us all.
Boy did we need it. We now have intercounty travel, we have virtual queues for Penney’s and we finally have our personal services back. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, home cuts, home dyes and all other manners of DIY grooming can be banished as we finally return to the barbers and salons. Hallelujah!
Closer to home, the gym’s outdoor classes are up and running and we have been glued to the Met Eireann app every day sweating over whether we were getting glorious summer sun or an icy thunderstorm.
It is Ireland after all.
When we have got out though, it has been magic. A welcome return after closing up shop in December. It’s been a long break and while it’s not the ideal return, it is a positive change. We got to see our members again and it was fantastic.
There’s power in people and there’s power in community. It’s been a long four months without seeing our crew so to catch up and do some fitness was a cathartic experience. I took my first class on Tuesday night and I was elated. I was buzzing around the field, singing, dancing and annoying the hell out of everybody in attendance. It was like old times.
Even after the class was over I was on a high. It took me hours to wind down and get to sleep. I was lying there filled with optimism for the future, making plans for June and beyond. It was just so good to be back.
The last 15 months has been tough on us all. We’ve been asked to keep our social contacts to a minimum and to keep our distance. We worked from home, studied from home, taught from home and sometimes we combined all three. We made sacrifices in our lives we never imagined and I think this latest and hopefully final lockdown has been the toughest of them all.
It’s very easy to allow negative thoughts to fester when you’re by yourself. The world can seem a much darker place when you spend your days with your head buried in a social media news feed. Daily news reports are only now starting to become more positive.
But they are becoming more positive. Things are opening up and we’re getting our lives back. It’s going to take time but it seems like at last we’re on the final stretch. Not only are our businesses coming back but our social lives are coming back too and that’s vitally important.
We’re social creatures and we need each other. We can start spending less time focussing on the negatives of the online world and spend more time with friends and family in the real world. What struck me after class on Tuesday night was how happy I was. All those little conversations with people, the jokes, the laughter, all of it.
I was rusty. I haven’t spoken in front of that many people for months but everyone got stuck in and had a laugh about it. For an hour I didn’t have to think about this bloody pandemic and I could just enjoy the moment.
That’s the power of people.
We feed off each other’s energy and we are our best selves when surrounded by people we care about and people who care about us. Even when they’re taking the piss out of you or telling awful dad jokes. Guilty.
Wicklow Strength and Fitness is built on caring. I said in a previous blog that it’s a cult of giving a sh!t and I stand by that. When you sign up with us, we want you to succeed and we want you to show up every day because we care about you. We build a relationship that enables us to help best.
I hope you’re enjoying your added freedoms this week. Whether you got your haircut, your nails done, went to Penneys or just met some friends for coffee and a walk, I hope you enjoyed those social interactions and they made you smile.
And to all the other businesses that managed to open in some capacity this week, I hope it all went well and continues to do so. Wicklow has some fantastic local businesses and I feel like we’re in a renaissance period for the town. As we start to come out of this I can’t wait to see it flourish.
We’re on the home stretch.