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Covid 19 has taught me we don't need that much in our lives

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Justine O'Mahony

Justine O'Mahony

Justine O'Mahony

So after all that - months of moaning and lamenting the loss of my lovely blonde locks, Leo's announcement that he is reopening the hairdressers earlier than expected was somewhat anticlimactic.

Don't get me wrong - I am delighted. The night he made the announcement I drank 3 cocktails to celebrate and danced around my kitchen!

I've my appointment made for 10.30 a.m. on Monday June 29.

9.30 a.m. was too much, even for me!

But when you've wanted something for so long, but somehow manage to get along fine without it, you kind of just reach a level of acceptance, don't you?

And I think if Covid 19 has taught me one thing it's that there are so many things in our lives that are surplus to requirements. If you strip it all back and take away all the trappings, we actually don't need that much.

It took me a while, weeks of complaining to be honest, but I no longer really notice my naked nails or furry eyebrows. Yes I probably will get them done - listen I'm no martyr! But it's no longer a priority.

As for the pubs re-opening - I'm not that bothered. I'm certainly not interested in booking a slot for an hour and a half and then have to go home. I'd be only getting going then!

The last few weeks for us have been spent having a couple of friends over to the garden for drinks and it's been lovely. My liver might not be thanking me but we've had great fun and talked in a way we wouldn't have in a crowded busy pub.

Life is never going to go back to the way it was before and if you'd said that to me a while back I would've started to panic. But now I think that's ok.

There are lots of positives to be taken from this experience for those of us lucky enough to have avoided contracting Covid 19 - life has forced us to slow down, to evaluate what matters to us and to be thankful for what we have.

For all my banter about hair and nails and pubs reopening, I never forget the people whose lives were lost during this pandemic.

Whose families were left heartbroken and unable to give them the send off they so dearly deserved. I think of those people often and light a candle in their memory.

Life may go on but those who have lost their lives will never be forgotten.

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