This may be the new normal or just a blip in human history. For now, let's just make it through the day.
You know the old adage, the more things change, the more they stay the same? Well everyone has been so excited to see 2020 go, but really, by January 1, 2021, the world is still the same as it was yesterday, the day before that, and the day before that. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to a brighter tomorrow, but we just gotta get through today. Today is longer than the usual 24 hour period. It has turned out to be longer than 365 days. This today is a contemporary time that may last as long as it needs to. The hope of living through today is that this day has to end sometime. We cant put an end date on it, so trying to becomes a discouragement. This pandemic, civil unrest, economic stress, and everything else that has presented itself is the order of the day. But days end, and this one will too. While we suffer through this day, let's try to look at the small flickers of light that are in our dark tunnel.
Social distancing was a thing before it became a mandate. Sometimes we just want a bit of elbow room! Now you have to give it to me. No more close talkers and unwashed handshakers. Many people think that wearing a mask doesn't work. Then why is it ok for a surgeon to wear it? Also, don't be lazy and not brush your teeth because you are wearing a mask. Just because I can't smell your breath, you can - and that smell can burn the eyebrows off your face! Obviously, I am telling you this because currently, I am waiting for my eyebrows to grow back. Don't let the absurdities of this day overtake your reason.
Many who work are now working from home. You are saving on transportation, meal prep, and the stress of having to 'avoid' certain workmates (close talkers, dirty handshakers, and all-around funk). You can in the most literal sense, roll out of bed and into work - tell me that's not a perk! With that being said, don't play yourself. Get up and be present. If you don't, you may succumb to pandemic fatigue.
Many, present company included, were laid off. Yes, times have been tough, money has been tight, and stress is sky-high. However, this gives you the opportunity to do something you may have dreamed of but just didn't have the time. Read a book - write a book! Photography, fashion - You name it! This time has become the time of the entrepreneur. Embrace it!
Sadly, many have lost loved ones in death during this day and there really is no consolation for loss. Only speaking for myself, I will say, that my parents are no longer suffering and their bad day has ended. I can safely speak for my family when I say to those who continue this day, you are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Please let us not forget that the ones left behind still need love, care, and time. This may be a blip for some but for others, an indelible mark that will shape their present and make decisions for their future.
Yes, this day is not over and there may be some aspects that will become our new norm. We need each other now more than ever before to get through this day.