I have learned a lot about myself during this pandemic and now that restrictions are being lifted I discovered something that I swore I would never become. I have become someone who actually enjoys shopping! I am talking about being in the mall, browsing, walking around, and buying things in stores. That was never me.

I know this sounds ridiculous but I was the person who always hated to go to the mall or any store to clothes shop, or even shop for necessities. It was just not my thing. Forget telling me that I needed to try things on. But with the pandemic, something drastically changed.

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Over the weekend, I reluctantly went to the mall. I had on my mask and was ready for a miserable experience but as I walked through the automatic doors with my mask firmly in place, something changed. The mall was bustling with shoppers and it was loud. I was swept into a feeling of normalcy. People were shopping in packs with shopping bags in hand proud of their purchases. I saw smiling eyes through the masked shoppers and had a feeling that things were going to be okay. Even waiting in line to be able to browse inside the Disney Store I had a sense of excitement.

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What was this feeling? I was enjoying every minute. And by the length of my receipt at the Disney Store, I did some damage. Who am I? I think I am the person who is like many of us, ready to get back to a "new normal"...whatever that may be. I do feel we are getting closer and I am happier for it. I'm just not sure my bank account will be able to handle it.

Chrissy Townsquare Media

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