Living a Little!

Summer is for living a little.

backstory: There’s a fine line between living a little and living dangerously. But after the health challenges and acute loss I went through this past winter, I decided I’m not postponing happiness any more. So, this summer, and despite the constant fear of contracting Covid-19 and other airborne diseases, I’m taking risks to live a little.

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the “I’m over it!” careless attitude some people have adopted regarding Covid. The abandonment of masks, alone, is a huge let down. In any case, there are still things (for me) worth the risk of attending in person.

How are things on your side? Do you find yourself caught between caution and a desire to live? If so, how do you strike a balance? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

P.S. Feature image captures a scene from the Pori Jazz Festival, this summer, in Finland.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Good for you, Kaya. I’m grateful that you’re moving through this your way. I’m still cautious; wearing my mask while out outside. It is awkward when I feel like I’m the only one wearing a mask. I’m okay with it —my goal is not to contract CoVid again nor any other virus.

    His grace and continuous protection to you.

  2. Choosing to go out and be in crowded places can be tricky, but the mental health benefit of it can also be worth the risk. Especially since this latest variant of COVID resembles a bad cold more than the fatal disease it was in 2020. With precautions taken, I say enjoy your summer! 😊❤️

  3. The Pori Jazz Festival there sounds wonderful and is now on my list. I’m with you on remaining cautious but still living. Enjoy and stay well💜

  4. Khaya, I applaud you. COVID doesn’t mean you stop living, it means that we have to cautiously live and do things differently. I still wear my mask in public…I am not stupid. 😷 I still remain in awe of the hundreds of thousands of people who think COVID is fake news. Well, tell that to the millions of people who have died from it. Enjoy yourself, even though your tactics are different than they used to be. I hope you had a wonderful time my friend. 😎🦋🥳💖🥰

  5. You are so right about going to crowded places being tricky. But yes, we’re perhaps in the different phase of Covid with the latest variant not so deadly as it was in the beginning. Thank you Deb; I’m proceeding with caution. 🙂

  6. The Pori Jazz Festival was super wonderful, more especially that it was cancelled in the past two years due to Covid. So, it was a long awaited event and with the tickets we bought way before the world came to a stand still. And certainly, it should be on your list. 🙂 It’s one of the best festivals here that takes place every summer. Thanks Natalie, you look after yourself too. <3

  7. Without a doubt, Covid has reshaped how we do things and move around spaces. Trying to live a little is my way of collecting and putting together the broken pieces, like the Japanese art of Kintsugi. 🙂 But I’m proceeding with caution. Kudos to you for wearing a mask in public, Kym. It seems it’s only a few of us now, who remember a time when people were dying like flies from Covid. Be well and take care, my friend. <3

  8. I’m so glad you’ve decided to live a little, Khaya. A concert is a great way to do that. My husband and I are doing the same. We isolate and are careful most of the time, but there are adventures that need to be taken. Life is worth some fun while we have the chance.

  9. Say that again, so many adventures to embark on! After surviving this past two years, and despite the collective grief we’re still process, I believe we deserve to little a living. I’m really glad you and your hubby are doing the same and proceeding with caution.

    Good to have you back, my friend. I’ll pop by your blog soon to hear about your recent adventures. 🙂

  10. Thanks Kathy. Living a little and with caution, we must. 🙂 I hope you have fully recovered, and probably now protected against a new severe infection. Keep well!

  11. That line is so fine. And sometimes impossible to see until you cross it. I have started loosening up by degrees. I try to make measured decisions rather than acting on impulsive emotions.

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