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If I am being brutally honest, it’s been over for a while, but I am still stunned. The impact from last year has been minimal for me but I’m still stunned as I listen to people’s anxieties, worries and woes. Some are real. Others are perceived.
One of my saving graces has been re-reading “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann, published in 1927. I encourage you to read it. I first had a copy of this poem on a poster hung in my residential college room. In my 30’s I had a doctored copy that started with “Go placidly amid the toys and peanut paste”. Good times. I am considering buying some calligraphy pens to create an excerpt now as an activity I like to do that distresses me because, well, 2020… and copyright laws. This year lays waiting patiently for me to choose wisely with grace and kindness – with a liberal sprinkling of common sense and a good belly laugh or two.
As people like me anchored themselves into altered yet stable routines this past year, I recall it was the little things that kept whatever was happening normal or, more accurately, less weird. Looking ahead for those whose lives were seriously, negatively impacted, there is complete change coming. For those who weathered the uncertainty seemingly unscathed, there is complete change coming. Read those last 2 sentences again! What’s that game? Ready or not, here I come!! Metamorphism is real, man.
I digress, let us get to 2021. It smacks of the same ol’ same ol’ with a plot twist. The “new normal”. I think I prefer “ready or not, here I come”! And who is this “I”? CHANGE, that’s who, baby. Cue David Bowie’s song “Changes”. “Turn and face the strange” are the lyrics taken from Bowie’s song as he encourages us to take a good look at where we are now and where we are going.
So, why are we going to do that? Life has changed. And it is still changing. How can we cope? Well, we can go to our favourite therapist or confident to talk it out, journal, take a study course to find strategies that will work for us. Some of us may be finding that there are some very hard choices and changes to be made. Some might need to medicate with pills, potions or energy. Some might need new skills and education. Some may need to move their bodies more. How about turning off the tv or tuning in to music or tuning out to nature and listening, really listening. Do what is needed to get through these uncertain times. Have we got a game plan? Nope? Make one. What would it look like? Is it possible? Who is helping?
Are we there yet? Considering that travel restrictions are still in place around the world, journeying inward may be the safest option. Oooh, make the time to take a measured look at all those thoughts and beliefs that create negative patterns that bubble to the surface. Make some changes. Take a break, make a few more changes. And then make some more again. Good luck. Finds reasons to laugh. Be the butterfly or, if it has been truly awful of late, the phoenix.
My plan is to be in better shape next month. Take good care of yourselves until then.