So… This is what they are calling the new “normal”. I simply refuse it! Not in a way that defies reality, but in a way that won’t qualify it as normal. Let’s be truthful, there is nothing very “normal” about the situation most humans are finding themselves in. Self-isolated, confined to being in our homes day in and day out. Many of us unable to continue working because our jobs have been deemed non-essential. Lucky are those who are able to work remotely and maintain their livelihood. Too many are now completely dependent on government relief programs.
This new and temporary way of being is not all bad though. Children are home and once busy parents are enjoying this extra time with their little ones. Families are reconnecting in ways that had gotten lost in the every day rush of duties and responsibilities. People are going out for walks to escape the confinement. Life has slowed down. And with the slower pace of life comes an internalization. We are all turning inwards and getting in touch with what really matters to us.
A slower pace, however, doesn’t imply there should be stagnation. As a matter of fact, this down time is a perfect opportunity for growth. Now is a time gifted to us to go inwards and evaluate our lives as we once knew them and to reflect on where we want our lives to be when we emerge from this confinement.
No one knows quite how long this phase of our reality will last. But rather than consider this temporary situation our new normal; perhaps it would be wiser to consider it to be a stepping stone towards the life we truly want.
During this time, this gift of time that we have been given, we can begin to take the steps that will allow us to restructure our lives to align with the vision of the life we truly aspire to be living.
This is by no means a new normal, but rather a phase of transition that, if wisely taken advantage of, can catapult us into something greater than we could ever imagine. Now is not a time to lay back and rest. Although some self-care is wise and justified. Now is a time for self-reflection, self-development and action.