A couple of days ago, I was caught up in a Facebook post about wearing or not wearing masks.
I wanted to make the point that many of us have been so afraid that we have forgotten that nature is not the culprit, and we have been hiding from it as well.
It’s possible to go for a walk, go on a boat ride, or even enjoy a beach where there are not many humans. In my daily walk I seldom find people. there may be one or two walking a dog or a baby, or maybe jogging. Most of the time, they find a way to keep their distance or we do. I am even able to hug my tree when nobody is watching. During this time, I don’t think I need a mask. Why not take full advantage of the wonderful oxygen given by the trees directly? When I approach busy areas, I enter the grocery store, or any enclosed building, I have my mask ready to go. I am making decisions in every situation. I don’t want to be a robot.
One thing this new normal has taught me is to be more present, and being present means being aware of my surroundings and my gut feelings. I don’t need crowds, big parties, enclosed theaters or concerts, in the traditional setting.
Maybe this is an opportunity to get out of our cocoons and experience life more simply, with more respect for each other; protecting and using nature as an essential part of our daily life. Maybe we should not call it new normal. Maybe we should realize that things will continue changing, and that it is never normal because it is always changing. We need to accept that and be alert and open as we sharpen our intuition.
Can you visualize this in your future?
-A small-town meeting in an open plaza
-A small open theater
-A drive-in theater
-More homemade meals
-Greetings from neighbors
-Personal health as our responsibility not so much the doctors’
-Picnic at the park
-Donations of time
-More transparent relationships
What else do you see?
If we are the ones that create our future, what could we make sure happens? I would love to hear what you see in your future. Share with us.