I’m having one of those days when I look at all the “bad” shit happening all around me, and I ask, “what’s the point?”
That’s not an actual literal translation of what I’m thinking.
There’s another word in there that polite company won’t appreciate. It’s a word that make me glad my mother’s not alive to hear me say with monotonous regularity.
Maybe it’s because I got just food from my favourite Japanese restaurant. The one I haven’t had access to for weeks during the pandemic lockdown.
Or maybe because despite what the politicians and business leaders say, we’re already living the new normal, and no one has the faintest idea what the next kind of normal might look like.
Though the Prime Minister blaming me, and the other 6.5m Victorians doesn’t help with that.
Or maybe because I started writing Morning Pages I get all annoyed and irritated and do things like literally shove everything off my desk to clear a space.
An event that was weirdly calming in terms of the energy expended, but also how calming I find the desk now that it’s mostly empty.
But it’s one of those days when I feel like what I do doesn’t make a difference. That I’m writing all these books and stories, and what exactly is the point of that?
And I realised.
I’m writing the books and stories people are going to need when they’re ready to take their next steps into whatever kind of normal is on its way.
So my point here, is this will pass. Life will move on.
The way we used to live is over, and no amount of wishing is going to make it come back.
The next normal, when it gets here, might be a lot like the old normal. But it won’t be the same.
There are too many people who’ve lost jobs, and homes, and people they love for it ever to be the same. Too many small producers, shops, and craftspeople who may not be able to get their businesses up and running again.
Prices may increase. Some goods may be hard to secure.
And those who have nice cushy office jobs probably won’t be tied to a daily commute to a big city anymore.
But there will still be fresh air and sunshine. Birds in the trees and bees in the bushes.
This is the time to start thinking about what your life would be like, in an ideal universe.
This is the time to start thinking about the good things you want in your life, and the bad things you want to exclude. Where your light grey, easily crossable lines lie, and where your thick, dark impassable lines are.
Right now, the daily conditions of life seem very bad. But the very same conditions offer you easy access to online education, exercise classes, and virtual meet and greets.
A billion potential ways to change your life for the better.
You might never get another opportunity to redesign your life from scratch, so don’t waste it.