For many people, 2020 was a year for the books. In fact, it was unprecedented year not just for the United States or the continent of North America; it was an unusual year for the entire world. Some of us lost family members, friends, and became homeschool parents before we could even blink twice. Not only that, but many struggled with mental health issues that went unnoticed or that they were ashamed to discuss.
Yes, I recognize that some people built businesses, furthered their education, and even made significant purchases such as homes or investment properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I can’t forget those in my community who have found themselves saying, “What now?” Please know if that’s you, if you’re asking that question, you are not alone.
There are a few things you have to remember. First, even if you were a victim of COVID-19, if you’re reading this that means you survived! So be reminded that you have purpose. Secondly, it’s OK to not be OK. Now more than ever, mental health is discussed and you can receive in-person and teletherapy sessions so you can speak to someone in confidence about where you’re struggling. Third, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If a friend of yours built a thriving business over the last 12 months, congratulate and rejoice with them. But remember your personal projects still have significance and you’ll arrive at your destination in time- not a minute later.
It may look like this pandemic will never fully end. It may seem as if you’re isolated, alone, and forgotten. Perhaps you feel like you’ll never be able to carry the burden of grief that you currently feel. I want you to know that all things come to an end. Even the seemingly worst of things. Pick your head up, start over as many times as you need to, and push forward. What now? Now you grow, thrive, prosper, and flourish. Now you become everything you were created to be.
Let’s recap the steps to move forward:
1. Be kind to yourself and appreciate where you are now.
2. Seek professional help if you need it. Don’t feel ashamed.
3. Start over as much as needed, and push through every obstacle.
4. Remember that you’re here for a purpose. So live intentionally!
There is life after the pandemic, and you are meant to live it to the fullest.
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