Going back to normal. Is that what we want?
I am writing this amid lock down in Bangkok, incarcerated in my small apartment on the 37th floor, looking out to the ChaoPhray river, and beyond it, the unusually quiet backdrop of Bangkok metropolitan. The good news? I finally have time to write the book I always intended to write. Titled “Finding your Rhythm. The more I write, the more I realize how relevant this book is at this time, because it is about offering specific steps to creating the life you desire.
Covid is devastating in many folds, but if there is a silver lining, it is that more and more people are sharing that they have more time with their family: to have dinner, to play games, to have discussions, and to enjoy being together.
Yet the gratefulness for a slower life is disparaged by the majority. Hoping and praying that we can soon go back to normal. Go back to the life we had. But I am not sure I fully understand. In my view, what we had was remarkably far from perfect; what we had was:
- extreme inequality
- extreme poverty
- environmental issues such as air pollution and water scarcity
- 25,000 people dying from hunger every day
- many children who do not have access to education
- global warming
And the list goes on. We, as a society, went completely out of balance . We thought we could continue this way of consuming and ignoring problems forever, but the virus forces us to slow down; to reevaluate. And when I read what a lot of people are now calling the new normal, in my view, it is essentially continuing what we did but working in a more digitally connected way.
Back to my point at the beginning about why my book is relevant at this time. I think we are at an ‘in between times’,and while I fully appreciate the loss of certainty, of being able to zip around the world freely, of the physical contact between humans that we used to take for granted, I also assess that this can be a ‘reset’ time. An opportunity to align ourselves authentically to who we are, what we long for, what is our purpose for existing in this world. And finally, when Covid is under control, what does returning to normal, or ‘new normal’ look like?
I think the new normal needs to be a normal where our rhythm of life is 10 times slower than what we had before. And we probably should try to keep our ego’s 10 times quieter that what it was before. We do not have to prove ourselves to anyone. We do not need that much money. We do not need all these things we thought were so important! We just need love. Yes, I might sound like a late hippie, but that is what I think. We need love. And lots of it. Love for nature. Love for our families. Love for the people around us. Love for the world.
Let love rule!