Social Distancing, Our New Normal

Monday, April 6, 2020

The current state of the world is eerie. That’s the best way I can describe how I feel about what we all are going through right now. It’s crazy how just a few weeks ago, we had the freedom to go anywhere we desired, and now we’re asked to adapt to our new normal of social distancing. During this time, social distancing is imperative. We must care for one another and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). When I first heard about social distancing, I didn’t think it was going to be challenging for me to stay home because I’m a natural homebody. However, once things settled in, and I had the chance to process what our new normal meant stress and anxiety kicked in. Adjusting to change is never easy, but change is necessary for growth and healing.  

I had some great things lined up for the end of this month and the beginning of April. It entailed some amazing opportunities that would have propelled me forward in my journey. Back in February, I had finally overcome some personal hurdles that I felt were holding me back. So I saw these opportunities as my fresh start. One by one, they postponed to a later date, but then soon they canceled. The entire world canceled and shutdown. It felt as if I hit rock bottom all over again, and disappointment made its way into my heart. I thought to myself, why is this happening now? Why, when I finally get back on track and things are starting to move the entire world shuts down? Question after question, I began to feel like an inquisitive child. The only thing was that no one had the answers.  

Pushing my disappointment aside, I knew that I had to find optimism in the current state of the world. I spent time thinking and journaling my feelings and different events. At first, it was many heavy thoughts, but eventually, I was able to find hope within the chaos. I realized that the most significant thing this social distancing and worldwide shutdown has offered everyone is — time. We have time. Whereas before this situation we were too busy to spend time with ourselves, or with family. We would give every excuse in the book as to why we haven’t completed what we’ve started. Now, we have no excuse. It’s the perfect time to get to know ourselves, spend time with family (if you’ve quarantined with them), finish every uncompleted project on your list, or to start that one thing you’ve meant to start. Try to find the joy in the simple things. Slow down and find a reason to smile, because your time is now. 

So tell me, How are you holding up? 

Photographer: Ivan John 

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