These are strange times we’re living in. We’re all so far apart, yet somehow closer than ever. United in one crisis.
These are strange times we’re living in. It feels like so many major plans are being completely filtered out of our lives and it’s completely out of our control, yet with this comes a time that we have previously wished for. A time simply for more time. More time to complete those tasks that we’ve been putting off for so long. How many times have you wished for more time?
These are strange times we’re living in. Feeling like we want to run but there’s nowhere safe to run to. Yet coming to stillness and finding solace in the little details of our day that we took for granted for so many years leading up to this moment. The trees, the sun, the fresh air.
These are strange times we’re living in. And I can’t help but ponder whether this is our time to focus within and on what’s truly important. To give our time and attention to complete those tasks that we’ve been putting off for so long, those that were holding us back from success, and to reevaluate what’s really important in our lives.
These are strange times we’re living in. And this is the first time in our generation that we’ve been physically and mentally forced to pause and alter our lives. All of us, at the exact same time.
So I wonder, is this nature or some higher power telling us to STOP, slow down, go within and only take what we really need from our Earth, from each other, and even from ourselves?
These are strange times we’re living in. And I can’t help but wonder whether this is Mother Nature’s way of telling us that we need to lessen our pace of life and look at what we’ve been doing to this Earth, our one and only home.
This ever-changing situation is confusing and bewildering and thought-provoking, but I can’t deny the fact that I’ve never felt so connected to nature and to real relationships and to my own inner emotions and needs. I’ve never been able to see every person’s true personality all at the same time, and I mean the deep essence of who they are, not just who they show on the surface of their success. Because if there was a time for us to be feeling vulnerable and uncertain, that time is right now.
In these strange times, we’re being forced to walk, jog and run OUTSIDE and alone. We’re being forced to connect with our bodies and move to stay sane, rather than to impress others around us in a group-class gym setting. We’re being forced to simply buy what we truly need and use it with care, thinking ahead to how we can make supplies truly last, rather than living in a throwaway culture that we’ve come to know as the norm.
In these strange times, we’re being encouraged to check in with people and see how they’re really doing, not simply talking about how people’s days are and being met with a response of “TGIF!! Can’t wait for the weekend!!” (a phrase I’ve personally always disliked). We’re beginning to rather see how people’s wellbeing actually and truthfully is.
So what is this global pandemic teaching us? Is it teaching us that in essence we are all the same, regardless of wealth, race or religion, we’re all just trying to survive and be with the people that we love and care for?
Or is it that to look after each other and this planet, we need to reevaluate how we treat both of those things. By living minimally, by treating others with kindness and compassion, by slowing down, by making time for what’s important every day, not just when we “have the time”?
Or is it a wholesome combination of both of those things? Does one come with the other to create a harmonised Earth? Or is it something else entirely?