Today we are living in times of incredible uncertainty. Like everyone else, we are asking ourselves the same questions every day. Some of them being, “is this the end of the world?”, “how long will this go on?”, “will we ever go back to normal life again?”. That last question is one we wanted to touch on. Going back to a normal life. What does this mean? To some, normal life means being able to see friends and loved ones again. To others, it means going to a concert to see one of our favorite artists perform. All throughout social media and speaking to those closest to us, we express our deep yearning to go back to the way things once were. But what if, just for a moment, we decide not to go back? That is, instead of going back to our normal life, what if we decide to go into a better life? A life with less consumption, and more appreciation for the things we already have. A more conscious life, where we decide to live in the present moment, rather than go through the motions of the day and stay on autopilot. A life that is less about the self, and more about those around us that matter most and our fellow man/woman. A life of just being, instead of trying to be.
Being in isolation has helped us think more proactively about the things that truly mattered to us, and the things that were merely trivial in nature. We can come out of this major event stronger and better than we once were. History has shown the incredible track record humans have had regarding resiliency during major global events, and this is no different. So sure, maybe the normal life we once knew won’t return. But that does not mean the end of the world. Rather, this can be the start of a new beginning, a better beginning, and it is up to us to decide. For our fate rests in our own hands.