I don't think I'm alone when I say that I feel like all the time has passed and no time has passed since COVID-19 crashed our party. Here in Norway we are slowly opening back up to a "normal" which is probably a stretch of the word.
Although we are all ready to get back to the life we created,I have spoken to several people who said it was a little bittersweet to return as they have found pockets of joy in their life during this time. Ways of living that were unexplored before the party came to a halt. Look at COVID-19 trying to bring a gift to the party it crashed.
Have you found that is true for you? I have noticed for me I appreciate the more frequent check ins with friends and family. I appreciate not having to feel like I need to go and do and be.
What is it for you? I think we can ALL find something that we can take with us from the experience even if in the midst it felt like a totals%$& show.
Have you found ways to cope in a stressful situation that you are proud of?
Are you grateful for the quality time with your family instead of the activities and events and to dos?
Have you enjoyed long walks in nature to clear your mind?
Are you saving money and realizing you really could do the things you wanted to do if you stopped the mindless spending?
Have you been honest and realized all the things you thought you "had" to do were not in fact that?
I encourage you to take 5-10 minutes today, grab a piece of paper and pen and write down the experiences, thoughts, actions you want to continue as we enter this next phase. Be specific on how you can implement these and why they are important to you.
Because here's the deal, we will get back to it and old habits die hard. It may be hard to imagine but one day this will feel like a distant memory and we'll forget the good that came out of it if we aren't intentional with what we learned.
Even if uninvited (RUDE) COVID-19 brought you a gift during this time, let's not let it go unappreciated or forgotten.