Everything will change… and, it already has. Everything is always changing. Every object. Every structure. Every person. Every thought. Every concept. Every predicament. Every event. Every emotion. Every feeling. Every idea. Every belief. Everything will pass.
Difficult times remind us what is important. We always say it but really its only when life hits us square in the face that we actually acknowledge it. Recently, I think we have all noticed the fragility of life. Slowing down and disconnecting from reality, as we know it, shows us what is fundamental to maintaining a fulfilled life. It’s not the material things that fill us with joy, it’s the time spent with the people we love, our family and friends, having reliable healthcare (#thankyouNHS), long walks in nature, looking up and noticing the beautiful colours in the sky rather than the screen on our phones, helping the most vulnerable in society and being kind.
Beautiful things will happen, enjoy them, they will pass, and that’s okay. Awful things will happen as well, endure them, because they too shall pass. You may feel like rubbish and your mind might be at war with itself. You might think you aren’t going to make it. But think of a time before when you’ve felt this way. You got through it. Something good will happen. Just wait it out. These feelings will pass.
In daily life, and especially so during this pandemic, it is easy to make ourselves feel guilty for feeling anxious, upset, scared or struggling when, in comparison, it seems like there are people going through a lot worse. But, by feeling guilty for having these thoughts and feelings, we only make ourselves feel worse; lost, confused and helpless.
At times like these, we need to remind ourselves that, whatever we may feel, it is valid. It is okay. It is important. It is justified. And, equally, it will pass. It is okay to be a mess. It is okay to respond differently to how others respond. It is okay to not be productive with every single minute of your day. It is okay to survive. These aren’t normal times so do not have normal expectations of yourself. We are in the middle of a global pandemic. Allow yourself to simply exist.
Your thoughts are only thoughts, they too shall pass. Our current situation shall pass as well. What is important is that you stay true to yourself. Who you truly are will never change.
One day this will be over and we will all be so grateful for life in ways we never recognised before.
Things we need when we come down to it: food, health, home, each other. Everything else can wait.
These feelings will pass. And, you WILL get through this.
Stay around for the future. Life is worth it. Hold onto hope.