I am not sure I have “embraced” this new normal yet. Have you? How is the juggling going of school and working going? There are times this new normal can feel overwhelming and anxiety-provoking. There are times this new normal feels okay and comforting with my family and outside in my yard (and yes, I feel blessed to have a yard right now). There are times this new normal is aggravating. There are times this new normal feels quiet and peaceful. All the feels!
I have seen a lot of posts asking what one will “keep” out of this new normal.
I hope the increased empathy and kindness I have seen people give to each other in this time will stay. I hope the outpouring of love I have seen for all the teachers, first responders, medical personnel, environmental service workers, grocery store workers, military, farmers, and small business owner stays.
I hope the idea that being with your family (again, I understand not everyone has a loving family situation) can be better than so many of the outside activities that cause you to lose dinner together every night. That is is okay to be home all together.
I hope the neighborliness of doing things to entertain the children stays (in my neighborhood we have had everything from talent shows on Zoom to collecting money for food for our local hospital to putting bears in the windows for a bear hunt for children).
On a materialistic note, I hope the uptick in being able to order and pick up, or the ability to use telehealth or attend religious services with on line streaming or any of those things that brings more accessiblity also stays. On line technology has felt increasingly important to me during this Holy Week in my religion.
So, tell me, is there anything lovely you will keep from this and be your new normal?