You find me part way through Covid-19 lockdown. Discovering a new normal. And questioning the old normal.
I have a theory humming around in my brain… You know when you get a cold… it feels like your body is suddenly demanding that you slow down and rest? You’ve been pushing it and you’ve hit your body’s limit.
Maybe that’s what COVID-19 is on a global scale. We humans have hit our limits. This might be a message to slow right down.
Maybe we need to rein in the busyness. Re-prioritise. Take a moment to find out what forces us to set a frantic pace.
Know that there are options.
Know that we can live cheaper with less debt and less pressure.
Know that it’s ok to stop rushing.
Know that we can eat better and more simply, from our local area.
Know that we can buy intentionally (and buy less) from people that are treated well, and make things from materials that are sustainably sourced and processed.
Know that we can make time to make things from scratch and fill our brains with wisdom from all the books we want to read but have never made the time.
And know that we need to connect with people around us. The people that became a priority to check in with during this crisis. Those are the people we need to spend our time with. Cook good food together. Share. Listen and chat deeply. Nothing else matters. Everything else is a distraction.*
Yours in lockdown
PS. If you are thinking along these lines too, or conversely if you are desperate to ‘get back to normal’, I implore you to listen this recent Dumbo Feather podcast. It’s raw, emotional and completely pertinent in this time. https://www.dumbofeather.com/podcast/conversation-series-week-6-with-arne-rubinstein/
*A few words I wrote in the early days of COVID-19 for Instagram. Here’s the original post and comments.