We’re starting to see a slackening of restrictions and pondering next moves. There’s an excitement around the campground. People huddle around great maps of Australia considering the next stop in information exchanges about must-sees and dos. State borders that closed at the start of the pandemic, remain so, as are regional borders here in Western Australia (WA).
This post may be two days behind the 30 April deadline but that’s no reason not to celebrate what has been a great month of blogging and reflection. Thanx to COVID-19 we hit the pause and finally the stop button. For some of us it took a while to accept the pause and a while longer to sit in our enforced bubbles and take stock. Take stock, first of our situation, then ourselves before we broadened our outlook to take in a wider perspective of how we move forward.
I like to think we’ll emerge more resilient to external events and stronger in our understanding of how little control we have over much in our day-to-day lives. It seems to me with that understanding comes a calm and a relaxing into what we have control over. And when we realise how little we can control we are aware too of how manageable that small area of control is.
I say thanx to the virus because it was a timely reminder of what is important. Bringing us to a complete halt was the only way we, as a collective, were going to do that.
While humanity has zoomed in on a month of present moments (mindfulness), we are now emerging into a wider perspective during which we take what we’ve learned and carry it forward.
Or will we?
Will we pay it forward in solidarity and fresh understanding of our fragility? Or will we head the charge into post-pandemic chaos: economic and emotional chaos that is.
For me, it has been a great time. I’m sorry for the deaths and hardships of others and rather than detract from all we have learned, it adds an empathy and compassion long neglected.
We’ve done enough navel gazing. It’s time to zoom out and look further afield. To consider the roles we step into once we leave home: our areas of influence and the communities in which we live.
For me, I’m hoping to keep the gems I’ve mined in this opportunity to stop, contemplate and adjust away from life-as-we-knew-it. There has been less ruminating over the what-ifs and more sitting in the what is. At the risk of sounding one-flew-over-the-cuckoo-nest it has been strangely calming.
I am curious how others unpacked their anxieties during these times and what, if any, changes are likely to stick beyond 2020.
This is the final post in a month-long blogging challenge. In April each year bloggers from around the globe gathered to post 6/7 days each week as we worked our way through the alphabet.