See You in September: 6 reasons why I need more time before “normal”

Victoria Cairl
4 min readMay 16, 2021
Photo by Blessing Ri on Unsplash

I have recently been informed that the world is about to return to “normal”. I write this to plea for additional time to take care of lots of things I have put off for the past year. Could we all agree that most of us need until at least September to really be ready? I have a few things I need to deal with.

1) I need to get in shape- I have lost and gained the same fifteen pounds. I have been committed to exercising every day and I have fallen off the wagon more times than I can count. I recently bought a Peleton and I promise to report back when that arrives. But mainly, I was just trying to survive the past year and the issue of “thriving” seemed ok to put on hold. If I knew I had three months to get myself semi-together, I think I could pull it off. But if you want me to show up tomorrow, I’m not bringing my best self.

2) I never quite mastered the “home” office- In the past year, we had to rethink how two adults and three children all work and go to school in the same place. We established “stations”. I got the bedroom, my husband had the dining room table, and the kids scattered everywhere. Our internet would constantly get overloaded and somehow, even though we never left the house, I could never find a pen. Don’t get me wrong, I love that my “commute” takes me five minutes. Working from home made many things easier but it also made “hard pants” optional. And I swear if you give me a few more months, I can master creating the perfect space and balance for the home workspace but I’m currently still tweaking it.

3) I have nothing to wear- Speaking of “hard pants” which we consider to be pants with a zipper and belt loops that are not jeans, I can’t find any. I went shopping for a “blouse” recently to “step it up” on my Zoom calls but most local stores are over half-filled with the latest in “athleisure”. I ordered a few things online. I haven’t worn heels in months. However, I recently committed to wearing two dresses a week. Wish me luck.

4) I have this dog- It was a hard year and the one thing I truly wanted to make everything better was a dog. But we never felt it was fair to get a new pet to live with us when we were never home. Then we were home, all the time and we adopted “Penny Princess Cairl”. She is the most spoiled…

Victoria Cairl

Writes about women and work and all else