It’s been six months. Six months since I last wrote on this blog and I’m sure the same applies to us both here in that A LOT has happened since we last spoke.
It took me so long trying to figure out what title to use for this post but really, I just wanted to come on here and write. I’ve missed that a lot. It’s a Friday night, wait, or is it? Maybe it’s actually a Saturday, I really can’t tell the difference anymore.
2020 has been quite a ride so far and I think this year will definitely be one for the books for us all. Firstly, if you’re reading this – I hope you and your loved ones are safe and happy at home. And if not, I’m praying for you so hard in that may strength and hope wrap you tightly as you battle through whatever is going on in your life right now. Coronavirus has very much indeed, tipped our world upside down and life as we know it has dramatically changed before our eyes.
One thing I really wanted to talk about today, is the topic of uncertainty. This pandemic has really shaken things for us all hasn’t it? From worrying about the health and safety of our loved ones as well as our own, all the way to the prospect of losing jobs and struggling businesses. It’s a lot to take in, to the point where at times, it could easily feel like there’s no hope left, but today I wanted to remind you that it’s completely untrue and we can all get through this.
It’s a chance to pause
The pace of our day to day can often be so fast, too fast maybe, that we don’t often get the chance to slow down and process our surroundings. Uncertainty slows the pace of things as we navigate our way through the unknown. As much as we’re not used to a sudden changes in lifestyle, all the energy we often put in resisting a change in pace, could actually be repurposed to carefully assessing what this change really means for each and every one of us. Let’s pause and give ourselves a moment to process everything.
It’s a chance to prioritise things that truly matter
Now this will obviously vary a lot from person to person but for me personally, health, happiness and my loved ones are the things that matter most. I am very guilty of getting carried away in the daily motions of life that sometimes I overcomplicate things when actually, when it really comes down to it, those three things are all that matters to me. At this time of uncertainty, we have to be clear on what matters most to us, and once we know what these things are, everything else can wait until things are back to some level of normality.
It’s a chance to step back and appreciate each other
I will never tire of saying this but I am so forever grateful for all the modern day heroes we are surrounded with every day. From the healthcare professionals that selflessly risk their lives everyday to take care of everyone, to the scientists racing for a cure, to the supermarket staff that continue to work despite the risks so they can keep supplying the nation with their living essentials, to the cleaners, teachers, delivery men, postmen…(the list can go on and on) – thank you. Honestly we are so lucky to have each other, especially during times like this. Even if it can feel lonely to be isolated away from friends and family, please know that you’re not alone. We’re all in this together.
It’s a chance to help and be one with our community
The whole world is clearly crying out for help and during these times of uncertainty, now is a great chance to put more of a sense of purpose in our days by helping in any way we can. No matter how small or grand the gesture is, it would all be equally crucial to get the world back on its feet again in no time. In its simplest form, one of the best things we can do to help the world fight this disease and be well on its way to healing is to stay home. Listen to government guidelines, cooperate and just stay home. We need to protect our heroes and staying home is one of the best ways we can do this.
It’s a chance to reflect
While the world is somewhat on a standstill as it fights this pandemic and in the process of trying to heal, maybe this moment of uncertainty can be an opportunity for us to do the same. To heal, to rejuvenate and to reflect on life to date. Have you been feeling exhausted and worn down? Rest. Have you been feeling a lack of motivation and direction in your work? Open new doors of opportunity. Look at other possible work you would be interested to get into. Teach yourself new skills. Before this lockdown, were your days long and intense 24/7? Do nothing for as long as you need until you feel like yourself again.
Ultimately now is the chance to take chances on the very rare stillness of life that we have right now. Uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing, it could be the beginning of the best days that have yet to come.