2020 is about isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s learning to dance in the rain.
My daughter asked me “Mom, if 2020 was a food, what would it be?”
I blurted out “Zucchini”. Everyone just burst out laughing because they knew that would be my answer. I absolutely hate Zucchini. After a few minutes though I changed my answer. “Olives”, I said, “2020 is like Olives”.
See, Olives have are an acquired taste. 1st time I tasted them, I couldn’t stomach them at all and thought I would never indulge in that disgusting fruit. I don’t even know why they are referred to as fruit. Surely they can’t be related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds, and pistachios. It’s impossible. Then the next time I had Olives, they where sneaked in my meal. I somehow enjoyed every single bite. People tend to view the label of ‘acquired taste’ in a negative light, but we rather like the idea of growing to like certain tastes as we get older. It means there’s still so much to discover!
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass
During the past few months, the lock down and social distancing rules have tested us mentally. At first being isolated from friends and extended family, we felt as if we are losing our minds. We thought we’d never survive without alcohol, restaurants, travel. The sudden change left us confused and paralyzed with fear. Balancing working from home and homeschooling seemed impossible. Everything felt unnatural and unsettling, a place nobody wanted to be.
As days went by, and our minds started to adapt. We remembered that our greatest freedom lies in choosing our attitude. Instead of making a mental list of all the things I missed or was unable to do, I turned my attention to everything I could do. I kept my list simple and included things that I had wanted to give my time to, but hadn’t due to the constraints of my busy lifestyle. This included reading a book, playing games with the kids , some dance time and relaxing DIY projects for my house. We cooked more and found ourselves again within the chaos.
Without doubt, this has been the most challenging year world wide. But I do believe that humans are like butterflies. When we are broken, we’re like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn’t form when the person wasn’t broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It’s during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Stop, breathe and dance in that storm. You’ve got this.