I get it… some people will claim that normal won’t be the same. And I don’t completely disagree.
But it hasn’t been that long since we’ve lived life without a pandemic, and most of us have far more years of experience living without a pandemic than with a pandemic.
At the end of the day, humans are social creatures. We thrive in community and shrivel in isolation. Even countries are like that. When China started shutting itself off from the world in the early 15th century, it missed out on crucial technological advances (industrial revolution, renaissance, weaponized gunpowder, steam engine, etc.) that put it behind the formerly lagging European nations. Humans can miss out on stuff too, and it negatively impacts us psychologically.
People need to gather together. Workers need to go back to the office. Students need to go back to school. Kids need to play with other kids. Family needs to gather together, especially with the elderly.
Of course, there will be certain exceptions. Some people may prefer to continue working remotely if they have the option. Some students may thrive in an online environment. Others may prefer to be geographically untethered.
But I’m willing to bet everything will eventually be 90% normal again.