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The New Norm

Let’s talk about the situation we’re in right now, shall we? My topic this week is supposed to be a subject or cause I’m passionate about and well, shouldn’t we all be passionate about surviving? It’s been a long few months, more so for some than others, an it hasn’t been easy. It’s okay to admit that. It’s okay to be sad or angry about what happened. We don’t have to pretend that we’re okay. And we’re allowed to wish things were normal.

There I said it.

I know there’s a lot of talk on the internet about how normal wasn’t working and I get that, but normal was well, normal. For a lot of people, they need that security. They need to know what is supposed to happen in any given situation or anxiety runs rampant. Humans are creatures of habit and change scares us, especially drastic change.

I’m not saying that there aren’t things that need changing because there are, but humanity cannot sustain drastic change like this. It turns us into people we are not proud to look at. We do not turn into diamonds under pressure, we turn into nervous wrecks.

So maybe we can’t go back, but we certainly can’t stay where we are either. We need community and we need to get away from our families from time to time. So what can we do instead? We can go forward into normal. Normal always returns, no matter what we do because it is a term that is always evolving. The ‘life we used to know’ dies after every passing second. Normal is not gone, it’s just a snake shedding its skin making way for new growth.

It’s up to us what we do with this tragedy and the opportunity that will rise from its ashes. All these people cannot die in vain and they would not want us to live in fear the rest of our lives. The world will go on. We will be okay.

Don’t let this pandemic break you, but don’t let it become just another thing that happened either. Move forward to a new normal; it’s up to you what direction you take.

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