2020 will be known as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The year of the world’s lockdown. The year when every day life paused for four months. But also the year when thousands of lives were gone within hours. The last four months, all I could think to myself but also hear other people say, was: When are we going back to normal? When will life go back to normal?
Today, four months later, after the lockdown, I am sitting at home in my balcony and asking myself a new question: Are we ever going back to normal, and what is normal anymore? I do not think the world will ever be the same again. We, you and me, are not going to be the same again. And I say it in a positive, hopeful way. Suddenly, we were given so much free time for rethinking and prioritising and so much space to reflect and reset.
It is almost innocuous to say that COVID-19 was not just a deadly virus, but it was a big reshape of emotions, feelings, beliefs and hopes. Moving forward, we have some genuine rethinking to do about how we live our lives and how we treat each other.
Looking at the past few months, it is easy to say that we feel tired and emotionally exhausted, and simply say: ‘Enough is enough’; But come on, did you really think that normal was working before? You have to admit that normal wasn’t really working…
Do you think that living in a society riddled with race inequality, was working? Or living in a planet which we, the humans, daily disrespect and destroy, was working? And I am not saying that all the social, political, environmental issues will now be magically resolved. But I am hopeful and positive that the ‘new norm’ will be more ‘human’.
Stay safe. x