IS THIS THE NEW NORMAL?
Well friends, we're officially into month 3 of quarantine. Remember when we all thought this was going to be over by April? I think a lot of us secretly new that wouldn't be the case. When this first hit us, it felt like the end of the world. Remember how panicked everyone was at the end of March? Now everyone's just struttin' around, masks on/gloves on, doing their thing. It feels way more relaxed now, and I'm assuming that's in part due to people getting used to this new normal.
It's a strange feeling, to not know where the end in all of this lies. And I know for a fact there won't be a single person not effected in some way, shape or form by all of this. But, I also know that there is good in this for most people as well. Think about it! Families spending time together, life slowing down, time to appreciate and focus on things you didn't have time to do before. People realizing how important human connection is and that hey, maybe we should put the phone down sometimes and appreciate each others presence - appreciate that we can touch, feel, and be present with someone else.
Being quarantined sucks, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't suck the way it could. It's giving humans a chance to realize what's important after so many decades of being spoon-fed the ideal version of what important is supposed to look like. Maybe you're realizing your passion or discovering that you're really great at painting. Maybe you're rekindling a relationship via zoom. Maybe you're sitting down with your family for dinner every night. And don't get me wrong, I know there are plenty of people out there suffering right now. Those who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, cars, money, stock, etc. There's no denying this pandemic has been a bummer, but still, we can't ignore the silver linings.
I can't help but feel like this is all happening for a reason. Cliche? Tell me it's not then! This might be a ONCE in a lifetime opportunity to be present. Isn't that crazy? That we control our own lives, we make our own decisions but when it comes down to it it takes a pandemic and an official quarantine order to make us realize that maybe that's not all true.
Do yourself a favor... when your feeling over it, remind yourself that there is an end to all of this. And then ask yourself, will you be satisfied with what you did during your days of freedom? Freedom not necessarily being time - a lot of us are still busy - but freedom from societal pressures, from hate and crime, from commuting and traffic, from the hustle and bustle of every day life. What can you do right now to better yourself and come out of this stronger? I promise you there's something. This is only a temporary normal, but we might as well make the best of it.