COVID Anniversary and a Year of Transformation
March 14 marked the one-year anniversary that my daughter Havana and I went into COVID lockdown, and a little over a year since COVID-19 officially became a pandemic.
What a colossal shake-up the world has had. We’ve endured a tremendous amount of loss, suffering, change, and upheaval. First responders, community organizers, and regular folks who live next door have shown great courage and sacrifice. From political turmoil to racial, gender, and social justice, the world is a different place today than it was a year ago, and we are all different people in it.
Yet, there’s still a lot of bad things happening, but suffering and adversity can not only make us stronger but more thoughtful, caring, and purposeful. It did for me.
I experienced a transformation during this time. I saw how I wound up being, and that did not work for me anymore; I choose to become someone else, an updated version. A new and improved version. A kinder, gentler, more accepting version. A deep listener not for what is said but for what is unsaid version.
The one thing you can be sure of is that change is similar to the ocean. It’s like surfing, the waves are what happens in life, and the surfboard is your thoughts. Learn to ride life, my friends; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.