Our lives have become a constant loop of how much we want our normal back, how desperate we are to have “this insanity” behind us so we can get back to the way things were.
We don’t want to ever look back at the horrors of 2020. Right?
People are tired of COVID’s effect on their health and livelihood, frustrated by politics, appalled by the behavior of those they know and those they don’t, aghast to recognize their own internal biases, and afraid of everything from violent protests to the sneeze of a passerby.
This year might seem to be filled with loss and hardship, disappointment, disillusionment, and bone-chilling fear, but it is also perhaps the most important year of our lives.
Every second is contributing to our growth, our being, our understanding of life, of ourselves, of others.
So be brave.
Sit down and take a bit of time to think about where you are, what you are doing with your minutes on this planet, and how you can embrace your experience.
Nope, it won’t make the pandemic go away, and no, it will not bring anyone back to life, but it will give you a better perspective because these troubled times—in my humble opinion—are here for a greater purpose.
Yes, our roads and destinations may be vastly different, but we can all learn, and appreciate something about our journey.
So please don’t get stuck on wanting 2020 over with.
Instead, take a peek at the path behind you and find moments to be thankful for.
Then go forward with eyes and heart wide open.
Live your life as though you mean it, stay open to the possibilities, opportunities, and love all around you.
And stop wishing your life away.