I am told that I babble and it has gotten worse with the pandemic and as I age! Instead of my verbal babble, I figured that maybe putting down these confused, excited thoughts may have a point. After all, baby babbles turn to language at some point.
With no work to boot, the pandemic gave me a lot of time to question the goings-on in the world. These thoughts are not based on research but just an Aunty Babbling on about stuff.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THIS “NEW NORMAL”?
If you think about it we’re all faced with a new “New Normal” through the various stages of our lives. The “aunty-tionary” definition of the “New Normal” may shed some light.
The “New Normal” is when life changes irrevocably for any person, country, business or anything for that matter. It could be triggered by biology, sociology, economy, a global pandemic or in my case just getting older by six decades and a bit.
If I look back, there are things that I could do in my teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties that I can’t do now … ever. Some are physical realities and limitations while others are related to priorities changing as I get older.
Let’s take working life as an example. The time of working like a dog every single day with no life is something I can’t do now. And if I have done it on the odd occasion, the recovery time takes a day or two. And I used to question myself: How did I do it before? My answer to myself is: “It’s called age my dear”. It doesn’t mean that when we grow older we can’t work but the way we work is different. We move on to consulting, mentoring, training etc.
I can see the same thing happening when it comes to exercising. There was a time when I didn’t think twice about running, jogging, lifting weights and so on but now the way I exercise is different. I have to be aware of my knees, shoulders, back and neck when I exercise. If not, I’ll feel a pull here, a crack there, and a pain somewhere else. Welcome to the sixties club I say.
I can see the “New Normal” in other areas of my life too.
The wardrobe has changed over the years.
Hairstyles have changed.
The choice of music has changed.
Dinners and parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning have become early dinners that end with the last call for orders!
What’s the point of this babbling?
I think the point is that we have to acknowledge these life changes and transformations instead of fighting them. And if you do, then our lives become more gracious.
The same applies to the global pandemic we’re all living in. The day we accept and acknowledge that it’s here to stay for however long, then we will do whatever it takes to survive and maybe thrive through it. To do that we need to rebrand, reinvent and reskill ourselves to meet the new demands upon us.
But what happens when we’re out of the pandemic? Will we go back to our old ways in every aspect? This aunty hopes that we learn the lessons and create a new order whatever that may be. We can however look at some of the main tenets:
Acknowledge and accept the changes.
Consideration and respect for one another.
We are not that different from one another at the core.
We’re all responsible for the planet we live in.
Survive and thrive through it.
What’s your babbling about this?