12th June 2020
A New Normal
We’re in an unusual time are we not? But, as much as this Covid-19 pandemic is far from what we wanted for ourselves and for the world, it presents opportunities. It presents opportunities to examine our old normal and consider a new normal.
‘In the rush to return to normal, let’s use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.’Dave Hollis
Coronavirus has offered many of us the rarest of chances to slow down. That easing of our previous frantic schedules brings with it, time to take a different view of what we’ve been doing. And with that, what we might do in a different way in future.
When we don’t have slack in our lives, we have no place to go to *restore and recharge.
Of course, we mustn’t forget that many people are working from home and working harder than ever. Yet many more of us have gained a wonderful opportunity to overhaul our lives and to consider how much of our pre-lockdown activity we want to continue with.
*Restoring and recharging and self-care are topics we’ve touched on more than once in this blog.
Making Life Changes
Forbes have written about Covid-19 as being a time to make substantive life changes. In it they state: ‘What if the world is meant to take a ‘gap year’ as a result of Coronavirus?
So how might you use this enforced global gap year to change your normal? Forbes suggest you ask yourself THREE questions that might help you in bringing back some meaning in your life. I can’t replicate the whole thing but the link is above and it’s worth a read. But the questions they pose are:
- What do you have in your life that brings you a sense of purpose?
Politics, social issues, the education of your children or grandchildren, your church or your community – whatever it is – find a way to commit yourself to it while we’re still in semi-lockdown. In a decade’s time the ‘what did you do in the war?’ question will be about Coronavirus and the lockdown.
- How can I connect with people that I can’t see in person?
Try to write a list each day of three people you care about haven’t spoken to for some time. Re-establish a connection.
- Who can be my accountability partner to help me create more structure in my life?
Find a friend that shares a similar target to you and encourage each other.
So what about us?
Here at Pink&Green HQ we’ve practised what we’re preaching and changed our daily routines.
We’ve got into the habit of taking our exercise – in the main a good long walk – early in the morning and then enjoying a healthy breakfast. We’ve found this period a fruitful one for bouncing around ideas and discussing what we want to achieve that day.
Then, as we’re now starting earlier, we finish earlier. With the time we’ve gained we’re better placed to switch off from the business and either read or listen to music and pursue hobbies. One thing we’ve definitely done that the Forbes article suggests, is making the effort to connect and catch up with friends and family.
Before we finish, we should of course state we’re not at all making light of the individual tragedies of each and every Covid death. Perhaps not despite but because of the mortalities, we have a responsibility to make the most of the chances Covid has put our way.
PS: also Covid related but on a different theme is this article from The Guardian about how pandemics have historically shaped our physical world. And, of course, Covid is no exception.
One such pandemic-shaping urban development is London’s Victoria Embankment. Hardwired into our urban consciousness it is now – but it’s entirely the product of a pandemic. In this instance, cholera in the 19th century.