2020 Can't end soon enough
I'm incredibly lucky because my personal and professional networks are really diverse. I'm connected to people from a variety of backgrounds, and this gives me access to a wealth of wisdom. Yet, lately I'm finding that many of my friends, relatives, acquaintances, and business associates share the same feeling, often voiced in the same way: 2020 has been awful and it can't be over soon enough. Now this sentiment doesn't negate the many milestones those near and dear to me have passed in the last six months. There have been births, graduations, promotions, and all sorts of achievements large and small. Starting in March though, our collective ability to celebrate began to diminish. There have also been disappointments ranging from job loss to deaths, and health precautions like distancing rules have made it hard to grieve and offer solace. People are tired of politics, tired of the pandemic, and tired of being tired.
Today is the Summer Solstice. It's the longest day of the year, and for ancient people this height of summer day also represented the beginning of the descent of the sun...the count down to the end of the year. The year will move forward, and the trial that is 2020 it will end, but let's not wish away the next six months. Like the story of the boy who kept wishing for a new, better, future point in his life, only to discover he had wished his life away, we run the risk of missing any happiness the summer, fall, and winter of 2020 might hold because of the bitterness of the early months of 2020.
I can never recall a time in my life when reveling in the tiny victories and simple pleasures of life was more important. Our collective recovery from the pandemic, the recession, and the social reawakening in our streets, is going to take a lot of energy. We will need to be in top form. And the only way we get there and have the strength to rebuild our lives, is to ramp up the self-care now.
Give your exercise, meditation, and family time importance and weight in your scheduling. Write these things down if you need to. Times of stress can cause us to neglect these areas because they feel self-indulgent when the world is on fire.
Learn something new every day. It's become clear that many of us don't know enough about our world and our neighbors. Divorce yourself from the idea that the study of history or reflection on big, complex, or philosophical questions are the exclusive purview of academics.
Gather your inner circle and move beyond the 2020 can't end soon enough sentiment. What can you do differently in the last six months of the year? How can we hold onto hope, and support each other as the seasons change?