In my head I'm thinking,"I can't wait to go back to normal. Why are people saying we'll never go back to normal? Why wouldn't we?"
Ahhhhh... now I get it. We won't ever go back to the way we were before the pandemic shut the entire world down while also undergoing a cultural and political upheaval. I literally didn't get it when I first heard people say that 2 months into the lock down. But now...I don't even know how long it's been "post-lockdown" and I think I finally get it. In so many ways our world has been up-ended for many people globally as well as personally for different reasons. As we seem to gain more consciousness and conscientiousness about important issues including our personal and global impact, we simultaneously have been/continue to face some of the most extreme forms of disconnected, harmful displays of humanity. These are two very dichotomous experiences to now learn to live into and hold. Where do we put our grief at what's been lost in the process? This includes losses of what used to feel normal, losses of people, losses of adaptability that maybe we got out of the habit of practicing? Where do we put this continued up-leveling of information about trauma and the truly urgent importance of how we raise our children? Where do we put all this while also being told to make sure you're taking care of yourself, make sure you're meditating, but also work so many hours a week, but also the kids, but also the house needs to be organized, but also don't let your marriage fail, and don't forget to eat organic... I'm here today to tell you, it's a lot. So if you're feeling it - there's reason to. And you're not alone. And the "answer" to all of this seems to be in heading toward nothing short of, dare I say, a revolution. Which starts with you - it starts with you unpacking what you've been told to be, what "success" means to you, how to dare to be radical enough to slow down and feel your feelings and give yourself a break. I'm on the path with ya... here's to staying on that path and getting the help we need when we lose direction, re-gaining the strength we need to get back on that path maybe a tiny bit more gracefully than the last time. You got this. In support, Nathalie P.S. 3 books I'm inspired by recently: Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté What's Your Grief? By Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams