I think we are all longing for the days where we can get together over long dinners at our favorite restaurants, rock out at music venues, hold hands over a bucket of popcorn at a great movie. But “uncertainty” is the key word when it comes to when we consistently get together in person again, so it makes sense to think about ways to get to know new people now. Other than the ubiquitous zoom happy hour, what are some ways we can make new connections during lock-down?
Some of these ideas will work in some areas and maybe not in others, so check out your local ordinances:
-Socially distanced picnic in your backyard or nearby park (each of you bring your own stuff. Bring a tape measure; make sure you stay at least 6 ft. apart).
-Drive-in movie theater (if you are in the DC area, here is one near you: https://familydriveintheatre.ticketleap.com/). You can each bring snacks and text or Facetime your reactions during the movie.
-Play tennis. Tennis is one recreational sport that is beginning to open up in many areas. See if there are courts open near you.
-Hike a local park. You can still carry on a conversation when you are six feet apart.
-Play virtual games. Check out the houseparty app where you can play games such as Heads Up!, Trivia, Chips and Guac, and Quick Draw.
-Cook together virtually. Find a recipe you both want to make, source the ingredients beforehand, and cook over Facetime. Bonus points if you stay virtual while eating what you made!
Regardless of which activity you choose, or if you just choose to video chat, make the most of this experience by being honest, authentic and open. Many of us are feeling vulnerable during this time, and there is no reason not to share that. It will start any relationship on the right foot and be more likely to lead to a meaningful connection. So don’t let quarantine be your excuse; put yourself out there!