Speaking of Birthdays…
Seriously, my 30th birthday sucked. I mean truly sucked. I had these big travel plans, and it was at the height of the quarantine. COVID-19 made me stay home, alone. Reminding me in a new apartment I was living in how important human interaction was. I could virtually say hello, but it wasn’t the same as having people over for dinner, grabbing a drink or going to see live music.
For those that say birthdays are just another day, I call horse sh*t. I believe in celebrating the lives of others because they exist on this planet; because I get the honor of having them in my life. I never used to think highly of my own, but now I do. Because my life is worth celebrating with people I love just as much as I absolutely treasure celebrating theirs.
Live Music & Comedy
I started going to see more and more live music and comedy open mics pretty regularly. I love to laugh, and I love to dance. I was easily going out two to three times a week just to see people tell jokes prior to the pandemic. Now you can’t see comedy without having to pay an obscene amount of money and drive far to a random drive-in that you hope is open.
Even going to see live music has been something I’ve been yearning for. There is something so special about listening to someone sing the blues in a jazz bar or have an early Sunday morning acoustic session at a coffee shop. All I know is, I can’t wait to be able to do that again and I will never take something as seemingly small as a night out doing the things I love for granted.
West Coast Swing Dancing
For those of you that don’t know, I’m a “westie” which means I love to dance west coast swing. It’s more than a passion, it’s basically in my blood. I thrive on it. I was going five times a week and traveling for long weekend competitions to get my dance on. I’m not a pro, but like I said, it’s in my blood.
A community of introverted extroverts expressing themselves and connecting on a deeper level. It’s a language that only other westies understand which makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger.
But with social distancing, you can’t really do a partner dance now can you?
There are so many things that have changed for all of us, but I know that when quarantine is finally over, I will remember the time when I was told I couldn’t do the things that I love or see the people I adore because of a virus. I will never treat those moments as “just another night.”
I’ve talked a lot about how I believe this time is a privilege. Which I truly believe to be the case. I’ve had an opportunity to work on my very first book. I’ve had the chance to reflect and really figure out what I want in life.
I have been given time.
And with that time, I’ve learned a lot about the things that genuinely make me happy in this one life I’ve been given, and for that I will be eternally grateful for having the space to finally, after 30 years, really understand what it means to be Lauren Dow.