Life on the beach. That is what people are missing on a hot summer days. Families, group of friends, coworkers or solo traveler; this is supposed to be a fun-filled dry season. But this season have fallen into isolation.
The last year's summertime was one of the best vacation I ever had. I never thought that it would be the last summer to get sunburned. The last time to enjoy the summer breeze and the serenity. The last time to leave footprints in the sand.
Now, after several weeks, our economy and the rest of the world is now slowly getting back to life, but the reality is, it may be hard for the people to get back to life -- the kind of life we used to live.
While viewing at my digital photo album, I saw smiling and happy faces. I saw how we used to celebrate family gathering without physical distancing. I saw how we used to travel and go to public places without wearing a mask. That was just a recent past, but now it feels we have completely entered a new world; with a new definition of love.
The new normal is a tough love. When families at home couldn't even give a hug and kiss. When old friends or acquaintances couldn't even recognize each other due to facial protective covering. When partners couldn't hold their hands. And when young kids and our elderly are best protected by staying at home. All these for the sake of love -- love on the new normal.
But I still believe in a deep human connection. We may still be able to give a smile to someone we know or anyone we meet along the road. A new definition of smile -- a smile of gratitude on the new normal.
Our new normal is not only about hygienic measures. It goes beyond to our new lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle where most people will give their utmost priority.
We will now be more health conscious and eat the right kind of food, get some physical exercise, get some nourishment from the sunlight, planting and harvesting our own food, adequate sleep, prayers, meditations...
Activities that nourishes our body, mind and soul would be of most important value. We stay away from worries, fears and anxiety. Though at times it's normal to feel that way, still we can escape and regain our best self and live our greatest life.
For now, we may have already learned some tools and techniques as we move on to a new normal. You may now have learned to quiet the mind and relieve stress through the art of meditation. You may have learned the art of flexibility of the physical body through yoga or internal stamina exercises. You may have started doing backyard gardening. You may have learned to follow your passion about visual/digital arts like painting and photography. You may have started to love reading books, articles, blogs. You may have found joy in sharing your passion through vlogging.
At this time, we must have overcomed our Fear zone and moved to the Learning zone. And now, as we start living on the new normal, we are entering the Growth zone; where we have learned self-mastery and becoming a higher version of our self.
A lot have changed in a matter of weeks in isolation. We may now still be dreaming about that planned summer vacation. You may now be ready to explore what is there waiting for you in the new normal.
Circumstances may have changed, but hoping it will not change our being, our beliefs and values, our humanity, and most of all, our faith in God.
© 2020 Del Cusay