It’s been an era-defining journey since the epidemic began, and everyone, in some way-shape-or-form has experienced some level of adversity. Some more than others. But none more than the poor celebrities that were imprisoned inside their multi-million dollar mansions and private estates. My heart goes out to them especially.Now that things are back open, it’s been a humbling experience to share your own experience of lockdown with others, and build a wider perspective on how differently it affects others around you. The restrictions are (almost) lifted, the paradigm has irrevocably shifted and yet; some things remain the same. One most salient to our situation is that people absolutely love to repeat the same things over and over again.So what cliches can you expect to hear repeated ad nauseam when going out again? Here are a few examples...
1.“It’s just nice to be back inside the pub again!”
April was an undoubtedly strange time across the UK. Places were opening back up again and the majority of people were scrambling to fill their time with whatever bookings they could find.As we all remember all too well, the weather didn't exactly turn out how people had hoped. But did that stop the British public from enjoying an outdoor pint? Absolutely not. Every man, woman and their dog was layering up, getting their umbrellas out and braving the harsh conditions. It’s no surprise people are relieved to be able to sit inside again, but after the 1000th time hearing it, you almost yearn for the not-so-halcyon days of soggy cigarettes and rain-filled pints again.
2.“Tell you what, nothing beats a freshly poured pint”
This one speaks for itself, and it is undeniably true. To compare a pint poured at home from a can of Kronenbourg to a cold draught pint is tantamount to comparing a piece of soggy toast to a full English breakfast. It’s incomparable.
Don’t get me wrong, we all love a good tinny in the park or on the train, but nothing quite measures up to a freshly-poured pint of your preferred poison at your favourite establishment.
3.“Do we hug? Can we do that now?”
Since we came out of the first lockdown, there's a certain unease around how to greet people. This time last year, a lot of people felt understandably rusty when it came to socialising. If you still feel this way, take a look at our guide to getting back out there. First Impressions are always important, and all it takes is one fumbled greeting to set an awkward tone for the day.
Picture it: you’re seeing someone you haven’t seen in a while. You don’t know what their boundaries are, so you extend an elbow. They then go to hug, you mistake this for a handshake and now you’re embracing each other in an uncomfortable half-pug-half-handshake situation. For this reason, this might be the most forgivable cliche on the list. No one wants to be in that situation. Maybe embrace the cliche.
4.“I just miss being able to go out and wing it”
It’s hard to think back to a time when nights out didn't have to be stringently planned and mapped out, but circa 2019 that was part of the fun. There was a certain spontaneity to going out, where all you had to do was find your most like-minded friends and go where the night takes you.This is an understandable one, especially if you're a fast drinker that’s found yourself on a table of drink-sippers. Sitting there with an empty glass waiting for everyone else to finish theirs before ordering is a good way to feel both judge and impatient. You long for the days when you could “go to the toilet” and “just so happen” to stop at the bar on the way back to replenish your refreshment.
5.“I forgot how expensive this is!”
This one has no doubt stung many people since the cubs reopened. You’re used to drinking from the comfort of your own home or the discomfort of a local park bench. Take-away pints haven’t been a thing for the majority of the last lockdown, and drinking pints under £5.00 has lulled you into a false sense of security.
You find yourself settling the bar tab after a few hours and realise that you’ve spent much more than you had intended. Your online banking app is tutting derisively at you and your budget for the month is in tatters. The pub giveth and the pub doth taketh away, I’m afraid. This is the price we pay for a comfortable seat and accessible toilets.
The humorous tone notwithstanding, it has been genuinely uplifting to see so many people navigating the shared experience of emerging from lockdown. There’s a reason these things are repeated, and there’s no shame in saying them yourself.