We once again find ourselves shifting our lives. For the past two plus years, we were in a state of lockdown, and though restrictions were gradually eased, many of us haven’t felt completely free.
We adapted to the restrictions and now that they have been lifted, we are once again left figuring out our current version of normal. For many of us, we changed our lifestyle so much, that going back to the lifestyle we lived pre-lockdown, is foreign. From learning and studying, to where we went, what activities we could do, and even how often we brought groceries, changed. Now that the restrictions imposed on us are no longer valid, in a sense, we are having to rethink and restructure our lives. This may feel like a heady sense of freedom, with a dose of fear, as we go into summer.
Navigating this change can feel overwhelming.
- Too much choice can lead to us feeling chaotic and doing nothing.
Now that we can go anywhere, do anything and we are not restricted, we get to truly experience life again. When you feel overwhelmed, stop, breathe and recenter. Take time to clear your head and give yourself permission to embrace this new version of the country you live in – doing this gives you the clarity to make a decision. Once you have done this, what is your chosen path?
- Having no enforced limits again, we need to take time to see if the past imposed limits have become habits, and we have now become the ones limiting ourselves. Is there something you have wanted to do that you could not do before? Could you now take action to make that happen? What is the one thing you would like to do this week, that is within your budget, and you can create the time to do? When are you scheduling it on your calendar?
- We may also find ourselves living in fear – the fear that this new freedom could disappear; fear that what caused it to be there in the first place, is still lurking. Ask yourself if this fear is valid. Does this fear come from you or perhaps something you heard or read? Do you really believe it? Close your eyes, connect to Source/God/Universe and from this connected place, ask yourself if you really do believe that what you fear is possible. Often the fears we hold are not really our own beliefs, but rather the beliefs that we unconsciously adopted.
Summer is on our doorstep. We can choose to step forward bravely and embrace the gifts we just received – the sense of freedom, the reclaiming of possibility and the blessing of choice. Let’s celebrate our growth, our resilience, and the choices the lie before us.
What will you do to embrace this new freedom today? Share and inspire others.