The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
20-something Filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fiction, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and BTS. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.


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2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Renee Alexis has read 0 books toward her goal of 30 books.

I Miss the Outside World

I Miss the Outside World

Hi. How are you? I hope life is treating you well. And I hope you're happy and healthy. 😊 I'll say I'm okay, but things have happened in my small bubble and I'm just praying that we'll get through all of these. 

I've been at home since September. Haven't really gotten out except when I have to receive a package from the orders I've made. I miss the outside world. 

I miss riding the bus and just looking at the passing scenery, contemplating about life and its intricacies. It's been so long since I've been left alone with my thoughts. With all the distractions I have from the internet, my phone, and my laptop, I haven't really truly disconnected. Would it be strange if I say that whenever there's a blackout, it makes me feel glad to be cut off from the world? Because the past few days, when there are blackouts, it makes me look forward to doing some things I could only do when I'm not distracted by the constant pinging of notifications on my phone. But of course, I'll eventually need to have working electricity because my work depends on it. I'm just saying that I actually enjoy blackouts now once in a while.

I miss going to coffee shops and people-watch. I've always been fond of going out by myself, exploring a new cafe, and picking out a corner to sink in and observe what happens in the background. I miss sipping coffee and eating food that's too pricey for its size. I miss doing work outside the house really.

I miss walking down a street without wearing a mask and without having to worry about contracting the virus. I miss getting together with friends and eating out. I miss going to the mall. I miss heading to the beach. I miss traveling to different places. 

I miss a lot of things but what I miss the most is the sense of normalcy. Will we ever get back to the pre-Covid days? It's been a year but things are still not getting any better. Will this hope become just another wishful thinking? *sigh*



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