I think we all think about our pre-virus lives and consider it normal. It was busy, stressful, draining, full, tiresome, and frustrating. We were run off our feet with jobs, kids, grandkids, socializing, keeping active and keeping up.
For what seems like forever for some, we have been staying home, being heroes, working together. Suddenly our normal became having time on our hands, lots of time we didn’t know what to do with. We now have time to spend as a family, to eat meals together, to learn to play that game our kids are obsessed with, to read, do jigsaw puzzles, to talk and listen to each other while making homemade pizza, to see the world in a whole new way. Many of us are learning to appreciate these simple things, some are even enjoying it and some are flourishing.
What is your “new” normal going to look like?
Hopefully, we have discovered all that running is not essential; busyness is not always productive; having is not that important. With any luck at all we now realize we can do without all the stuff we felt was vital to our happiness. Our health, our family and time are so much more critical. I hope we all find a new normal which is slower, more connected, more geared to health, family and less things-oriented and acquisition-based. I hope we learn how very little we actually need.