Psychological daydreams in a worldwide pandemic.
It all feels so normal now, in just 3 weeks the world has a new look. But that’s weird right? Watching the news, seeing the latest death counts and infection rates like it’s always been the everyday. Yet, it all seems so normal now, like a routine that always has been but it’s not.
Maybe it’s denial, possibly grief or perhaps my human brain is adapting better than I gave it credit for. Resilience in times like this is hard to define. I understand resilience in ‘normal’ life and the workplace but what does that mean in a global crisis which threatens human existence.
What’s the point of this post you might ask? Not sure is my honest answer. Maybe it’s the lockdown life finally getting to me but something just struck me this morning, the times are strange, the world is watching, yet it all feels so normal now. This normal, our current normal, does cause me concern no doubt as it does for us all. It’s almost as if I’ve become numb to it in many ways. Perhaps, this is a trick of the mind, shielding us all from the reality we face. This quote exemplifies we can only deal with today and perhaps that’s all we should do:
“I will have to remember ‘I am here today to cross the swamp, not to fight all the alligators.’”From The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander
I ponder on the best ways to be resilient right now. Panic is obviously not my thing, being there for others and serving the greater good makes more sense to me. Together we survive or divided we fall as they say.
This is not a crisis of one area of human life, it is a crises of all human life. I hope that when we look back on this, we can see that together we are stronger. We can learn from the leaders and the ways we come together now to tackle a common evil, to build better connections in the future (and yes there will be a future).
Of course, in years from now I hope it will feel far more weird reading about all of this than I feel currently. But, right now, in this moment. I can’t help but not feeling weird about not feeling weird when it is such a weird time in our world.
Maybe you feel the same too…
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Listen to the playlist that fuelled me while writing this post by Nine Inch Nails, aptly called Together