So, what am I grateful for? Learning resilience…that an old dog can still learn new tricks. Not everything will go back to “normal” but some changes will be for the better. Most of all, I’ve learned who my real friends are and what’s most important to me. It’s forced me to slow down — because I don’t do well physically or mentally in front of a computer all day — and to take breaks with my kids (also on their computers most of the day). It has taken a toll on my marriage, a rollercoaster of emotions that culminated in us really take the time to listen and be there for each other. Sink or swim. Swim or drown. This is why I tell people to keep moving.
We’re creating history where “pre-pandemic” describes a former way of life. So don’t be hard on yourself for struggling; we’re all in this together no matter how alone you may feel. Stay the course and when you feel like you can’t tread water anymore, focus on the phrase “post-pandemic” becoming the norm.