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A lot of people were battling in 2019, it felt like... "how could it ever get any worse that this?". People I spoke with lived in hope that the dawn of a new decade would be a fresh start, and exactly what was needed...
And yet, the first quarter of 2020 totally blind-sided all of us.
First, the bush-fire crisis and now the spread of COVID-19 has left us grasping for answers. What the hell?
Our will is being tested as we look our deepest fears directly in the eye and are being asked to put on a show of courage and strength like never seen before.
I've seen humanity come together in one breath to help raise funds for our hard hit communities, and then shattered and divided apart over the simple necessity of Toilet Paper, in the next breath.
Sadly, I've seen more relationships falter in the first 3 months of 2020 than in the last 10 years. Stress and anxiety is at an all time high as WE ALL grapple with uncertainty.
Why is this happening? What does it all mean? Will we be ok? How will we get through this?
I don't own a crystal ball, but I can tell you I am almost certain that nothing will ever be the same... and I think you feel it too.
Life will change, because that is how evolution works.
The way we live, and work, and school has already had to shift, adapt, pivot. You will change through this experience. We all will. But, change in my view of the world.... isn't always such a bad thing.
It is 100% how you ride the wave of change that will determine your experience.
“The only constant in life is change”- Heraclitus
Yes, this moment in time is NOT pleasant. And I repeat NOT.
I am exhausted (like I am sure you are too) juggling the external world changes, finding ways to still work while keeping my son entertained. If you've lost work no doubt the added financial stress and limited opportunities now feel overwhelming too. With that ever constant nagging at the back of my mind - do we have enough toilet paper, and food??
We would all just love to know - how long is this thing going to go on for? Because then, we could make a plan right? We could map out the future.
The lack of control of the outcome, is what gives us that anxious feeling. Nothing is for certain. So, how am I working to calm the waters of my mind?
I am focusing on the 10 things I've worked out that I can control:
I hope these ideas help you find some clarity in uncertain times too.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!