Hello! Long time, no tip tapping on the keyboard.
I guess I’m back. Not that I went anywhere really, but I haven’t been writing, at least for this purpose, in a hot minute. So I am trying to restart, which is not easy.
I never formally took a physics class but I do know the energy it takes to start moving is much greater than the energy it takes to keep going. And I was going for a while. And it was nice. I felt good. I felt like I was expressing myself and being vulnerable (Brené Brown would be so proud).
Then, well, 2020 happened. No one really saw that coming. Ok a bunch of scientists and other people saw it coming. But I mean, really, no one expected well––THAT shit show. I think it slammed into most people with a high impact, knocking them off course. So not only were we stuck with having to start again, but we had to build a new path to start on.
Let’s be honest, nothing is the same. Our environments have radically changed. And since we are, in a large part, a product of our environments––we have radically changed.
The world is still, in a large part, closed. But I do hope, when we can start back up again, that we have all changed for the better. I hope the trauma of isolation and fear coupled with witnessing (or experiencing) severe and violent racism, ableism, and hate has made us kinder. I hope it makes us more compassionate. I hope it makes us ready and willing to work toward actual and lasting change.
Because things have changed––forever. There is no “normal” to go back to. And do we really want to go back to that normal? Here we stand, sit, lay, hover, or what have you at a huge precipice of change. Will we work for a brighter tomorrow? I hope so. I know I will. Are you with me?