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"Normal" no more

Updated: May 19

There's no two ways around it.


The past few weeks have been a vicious, manic maelstrom of rapid change; an unfathomable, whirling dervish of disbelief, shock and uncertainty.


COVID-19 has us riddled with confusion and anxiety but, I think, the most prominent feeling is mostly grief.


Grief for the loss of human life. Grief for the loss of personal freedoms. Grief for the loss of "normal", whatever that looks like for or means to you.


However, in spite of this grief, we have also seen the best of humanity come to the fore; in contrast to the negative, highlighting the capacity of inherent goodness in turmoil and despair.


Whether it's artistic offerings of neighbourhood children in the form of chalked rainbows on footpaths, the positioning of beloved teddy bears in street-facing windows or seeing complete strangers offer grocery delivery services to those who feel vulnerable or scared to leave their homes, these small gestures serve to remind us that we're not alone and that love, empathy and kindness can thrive even in the darkest of times.


As an antidote to the unprecedented upheaval, chaos and uncertainty permeating daily life, there’s also an opportunity to look inward and reassess our perspectives and priorities, an ideological shift that will hopefully be remembered, implemented and adhered to when the worst of this is over.


Without a doubt, this crisis will change us; it will alter the way we think, the way we feel and the way we act as individuals and as a broader domestic and global community.


Hopefully, when the light appears at the end of the tunnel we have found a way to be more tolerant and genuine in actions, capable of showing gratitude and a greater appreciation for what’s most important in life.


Stay safe, stay healthy, stay present, stay home.


We are all in this together.

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