By Basia Alicia Powell
What have you missed doing during this past year? I am sure you have a long list, right? My list consists of simple things I took for granted. Like many people, I miss traveling to see my family and close friends. However, more than anything I missed doing my nails.
If you know anything about me, you will know that I love having my nails done. Since becoming a gainfully employed adult, (after University) I have been on a two week schedule to have my nails done. Fortunately I have always been able to cut and style my hair, do my own facials etc. However, I was never an expert at doing my nails. So I was heavily reliant on my favorite nail shop to keep me looking “tight”.
Then came the pandemic, and I refused to go anywhere near the nail salon. I took a personal and difficult decision to forgo this luxury for one whole year. I am not going to lie to you; it was tough. I would count the months, weeks and days until I would be able to have my nails done again.
Today was that day. I got my second Covid vaccine yesterday and I was ready to take the plunge and get my nails done. I would usually be so picky about selecting my nail technician. I usually have a special person that handles my nails. Well, not today. I was “sooooooo” desperate. After trying to do my own nails for one whole year, it was obvious to me that anybody at any nail salon would do a better job than me. I was happy to be assigned to anyone. Desperation can indeed change one’s perspective.
The salon I went to is in downtown Alpharetta, GA. Very modern and very clean. They took extra precautions, as soon as clients entered. You have to wear masks of course. Then take your temperature and request that you wash and sanitize you hands upon entry.
I can’t tell you how I felt after my nails were done. I just wanted to hug those nail technicians. (Of course that is not allowed) You have no idea. I felt like I had a little piece of myself back. It is amazing how much we take for granted. It is the little things in life that counts. We usually don’t miss it,. until it is taken away from us.
During the past year, I made a promise to myself, not to take the little things for granted. I hope that everyone reading this, get vaccinated, so we can all get back to doing the little things that count. Something as simple as doing my nails, gave me a mental boost and hope for the future.
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