For the most part, humans are pretty habitual by nature. Most of us thrive with having a routine, we look forward to carrying out our daily rituals no matter how small. We as human beings find comfort in the known, the routine, the predictable. There are some individuals that thrive off of spontaneity and the unknown and some prefer a mix. For me, I am very much a creature of habit, I enjoy having structure and a routine and most changes take me a while to adapt to.
In recent events, a sad and unfortunate Coronavirus (Clovid-19) pandemic has swept the globe flipping our lives upside down. This virus doesn’t just have a massive effect on some people, or some countries, this pandemic has effected the entire globe. The world has hardly ever seen such a nightmare, such a life-changing event. In the blink of an eye, life has changed for all of us. Our routines have been interrupted, our way of life has been modified, the hustle and bustle has been halted.
Adapting to change is not easy, like I mentioned before, we thrive in the known and in our routines. When life changes so suddenly as with the Coronavirus, we don’t have much time to plan, process, or adjust, it’s almost like you wake up and life is suddenly different. Part of how we grow and become stronger is dealing with struggles, change, and the uncomfortable. When change is unexpected and we are forced into a new norm, we have to learn to adapt as hard as that may be. Thankfully, this pandemic will end, we will take control of this, and in the meantime we have to do the best that we can to maintain sanity and normalcy.
As with many things in life, this situation can be looked at as mind over matter. It helps to remind ourselves that this is only temporary, we will have our routines back, we will be able to go out and enjoy life again. Adapting to new ways of life, being around family 24/7, changes in routine, work, school, get-togethers, we will get that back. No one wants to go through this, we must remember that and be there for each other. As difficult as it is, try not to focus on what we temporarily lost, but to know that this has an end, and our love and support for our loved ones and humanity will get us through this.
Change has the ability to help us realize what we have, helps us appreciate and be grateful for the little things, not taking for granted coffee with a friend, having a job to go to, going to the store without wearing a mask and gloves. Change can be very hard, but it is also beneficial. The ironic thing is that change eventually becomes a new norm.
These last few weeks I have really had to keep my mind in check. I’ve had to remember that this is not permanent, we are all going through a trying time, we get used to and find comfort in the familiar, but it does not help us grow. Not only is my routine changed, so are those of my family and we have to learn to really find a compromise in our new lifestyle because we are all having to change and modify what we are used to.
My thoughts and prayers go out to this entire world. We have what it takes to get through this and one day we will all look back on this as just a memory. I pray for peace, healing, health, and safety for each of you. God Bless.