I've been vaccinated for about a month now, so I've been out on the town, hugging strangers and...just kidding! I didn't do that before the pandemic!
For me it's a relief though. I can now hang out with vaccinated friends. Travel doesn't seem so daunting. We can now carpool to trailheads instead of driving several separate vehicles (aka the "Montana car pool:" one person per car). I'm not quite as grumpy when I encounter an unmasked person where masks are required. The gym is not as much of a minefield now.
Sometimes I feel like I'm "wasting" whatever period of immunity that I have. Places like Iceland are now letting vaccinated travelers in; tickets are cheap and I think about buying one and just going. I'm hesitant, though: people there are conflicted. They rely on tourism but are aware that they live on an isolated island; an undetected covid case brought in by a visitor could lock them down again. I don't want to be a cause of annoyance for them. Plus, I don't feel like touring around the country in a mask and having to get a covid test to get back in the U.S.
"I'll pick you up," I say to my vaccinated friend as we plan a hike. I'm so happy that this is possible. Thank you, scientists!