Life as we know it has been suspended for a time and 2020 is not shaping up the way we had imagined because of COVID-19. As the restrictions are slowly being lifted and the curve is flattening it is understandable that we may be left wondering if the engine of our old life will begin again as it used to be or will our life be unrecognisable. This is the uncertainty we are faced with. Whichever camp you are in we are all in this together and now is the time to ask yourself what matters to you most? Now is the perfect time to explore and re-evaluate your meaning and purpose in life? What is your purpose? How do you make meaning around what is happening? Who do you want to be? What do you want to bring forth or do with your life? Are you happy in your relationships with your partner/children/family/friends?
From unexpected change and adversity new opportunities can arise. At first understandably there will be a time of Why me/ Why now? This is to be expected, life will feel unfair and you won’t want to accept reality, however ultimately the need is to respond to reality as it is and to find a way to take charge of your life in whatever way feels manageable. If you are feeling despondent and helpless taking charge doesn’t have to be some big gesture, it can be as small as asking yourself “if I were in charge of my life what would I do today?” Baby steps are still steps.
Allow yourself to contemplate, ponder and reflect where to now, what is important to me? To re-create we need creativity and creativity happens when we are still and we connect into our inner world. What is important to me and what am I going to do with this time that has been given? This is not an easy question to answer, so be kind and patient with yourself as you allow the answer to emerge.
Now is a time in which we can choose to re-create and reorganise our priorities regarding our relationships to ourselves and others, our careers, economic security, education, health, hobbies and the list goes on. Everything I have known is swept off the table and what opportunities might be there for me now? What can I create through the support of others and my own internal resources.
Together we can respond to our new reality and adapt together.