2022. It’s here and we’re in it. I enjoyed a refreshing holiday break and spent meaningful time with family, in gratitude. During this break and days- if not weeks after, I noticed what ultimately felt like consequential isolation. Many people were affected by Covid-19, mostly due to the increased gatherings from the holidays, resulting in empty streets and stores, added virtual learning and WFH environments, and an overall slump in emotions. I took 3 things from this:
1. If you don’t take the rest you need, the universe will set it in your lap.
2. Time is fluid, no matter what. And
3. We need each other.
All of this really reminded me of something I’ve gathered within the last couple of years. Absolutely everything in my life; conversations, people I meet, small wins, life-changing events, nature around me, etc., is either a lesson or a reminder. Whatever it is, I am presented with this lesson until I learn it or am reminded of it to realign with my highest self.
After a restriction-relaxed summer and fall, most of us went into the holidays excited and ready to celebrate full-throttle. This meant parties and lots of shopping, but it also meant this feeling of go big or go home; as though to live it up like there’s no tomorrow, because, for a lot of people, the past 2 years felt like just that. In turn, a lot of us rushed into December with great plans and less care. And what did we get? Very quickly, a reminder that there was still a virus out there and that maybe it was time we slowed down and took a break. On the same note, time would continue flowing, regardless of the holidays and regardless of quarantines. A new year would come, and it didn’t matter that some of us were sick, or couldn’t spend time with family, or vice versa. This “fresh start,” that we all look forward to now felt very different. The thing is that you don’t always need a fresh start, and if you do, simply make it up! We are so constrained by what we believe time to be, but it doesn’t have to be based on a calendar date. If you need to start anew, start tomorrow, and if you don’t, then continue as if you are the water flowing through a creek. Lastly, we need to feel connected. We went into the holidays wanting to spend time with our loved ones and consequently received less time with our loved ones.
Which then resulted in spending less time with our coworkers, and less time outside connecting with nature or doing our favorite things. Feeling connected doesn’t have to mean physically; it could be talking to others and knowing they feel what you feel, or it could be simply being present to everything going on around you and knowing you are exactly where you’re supposed to be.
So much has become clear to me, and we’re barely 2 weeks into January. My hope is that you continue this year with an eye towards all the necessary lessons and wonderful reminders.