It’s been 25 days since I last went in to work… I’m not even sure what day San Joaquin County or California officially went on a Stay Home Order… all I know is it’s lonely… and it sucks. For a person like me that cannot sit still or focus on any given task for long periods of time, trapped in a small apartment, this is hell.
A large majority of us walked in to 2020 talking all about vision, change, how 2020 was going to be different… You know… Kind of like we do every year… But this year had to REALLY be different. Afterall, this is the year of Vision; 20/20 Vision.
Here we are 4 months and 7 days into 2020 and all I hear is “Here I go again on my own, goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known. Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone. And I made up my mind. I ain’t wastin’ no more time.” If you don’t know that great song by White Snake, head over to YouTube before you even continue forward in this post. I can literally feel that song pumping through my veins at this point in time.
This year will be nothing like any of us have envisioned or eagerly anticipated, but it is, without question, a year of 20/20 vision. Look around you… The families that are spending time together, doing things they probably can’t remember the last time they slowed down long enough to do. People taking time to call and have real conversations with people they haven’t seen or spoken to and who knows how long. (My uncle is thrilled that I’m working from home, as I’ve actually answered my cell both times he called. He’s so accustomed to receiving my voicemail, followed by no response from me… Because I suck at keeping in touch.) Us individuals are forced to look ourselves in the mirror and face all of the shadows that we have kept tucked away, for better or worse. We are forced to find distractions around our living space to keep our over active minds occupied and the anxiety and sadness at bay. This is the year of which we are forced to take a deep look at ourselves, and with that, have in many cases, been granted the amazing gift of “time” to do something about it.
The question is… What are you waiting for? This pandemic is here. It is a grave challenge, but by no means is it an excuse. This is YOUR time to slow down for a minute. YOUR time to take everything in. YOUR time to just sit outside of your living space, close your eyes, listen and breathe. Let this be YOUR time to refocus your energy on what really matters the most. My challenge to you is to reflect on how you’re using YOUR time… and how you can choose to grow through it.