2020 is a year like no other. (How’s that for an understatement?)
Except maybe 2021. We don’t know yet what 2021 will look like because nobody knows what the future holds. And since it seems nobody has ever really lived through a pandemic like this before and we don’t have a proven protocol to follow, we’re left shooting from the hip and doing our best to surf the current tidal wave.
Life sure is topsy-turvy.
Lately I hear a lot of people wondering and worrying about when things will “get back to normal.” Understandably, they want to get back to their normal social activities, travel plans, work and school schedules, etc. I am not immune to these thoughts. Holy cow do I miss traveling. It actually leaves me with a deep, physical longing in my belly when I allow myself to think about it. Same goes for not being able to dine out with friends. But at the same time, I wholeheartedly believe that waiting for life to be “normal again” and dreaming of life as it once was is counter-productive to achieving a state of well-being now.
The pandemic has brought fear and forced change into our lives. And with fear and change comes uncertainty, which is unappealing and unfriendly to the majority of people. Human beings, in general, are not designed to cope well with uncertainty. COVID-19 is giving us an opportunity to rise to the challenge.
What if, instead of spending our energy resisting reality, we fully ground ourselves in the present and treat this timeframe as an opportunity? Ask yourself the following questions:
- What can I do differently immediately to bring more joy into my life?
- What small thing can I do immediately to positively enhance my health?
- What have I always wanted to learn and how soon can I get started learning this skill/topic/sport/etc.?
- Since life is upside down anyway, what innovative new thing can I try that I wouldn’t do if life were “normal?”
This is our opportunity to show up differently in life.
So today I learned how to play a C-chord on the guitar. A single chord! I’ve wanted to learn to play the guitar for fifteen years. Finally, I played one single, stinking chord. So fun.
P.S. There are no guarantees that life will ever return to normal. So take a deep breath, open your mind, and start getting curious.