Slowly but surely, Canada, Europe and Australia are following some Asian countries walking out of Corona; prompting us questions on what will be next for the world around us, as much as what will be next for the world within us. What will be your personal next move?
While the world around us will develop on an unknown path, largely out of our control, we better start exploring the new world within us. When the new normal of the outer world won’t be normal for a while, and neither be really known; we might as well start creating a new normal of our inner world. Who are you going to be in the post-corona world?
Hero and Antihero
Covid-19 has rewritten the global story, with a changed role for everybody who inhabits that world. A lot of that happened out of our control, but your personal story is still yours.
It is the story about yourself, it is the set of beliefs you hold about yourself. It is the story you make yourself and other belief about you.
It is the story that gives meaning to your daily life, consciously or subconsciously. It is the whole of beliefs you hold about yourself, the good and the bad, the true and the false.
It is the future you have envisioned for yourself, the perspective you have on your past and the view you have on your present and on your future.
It is the series of words you use to describe yourself when you watch in the mirror, when you wake up in the morning thinking how your day is going to look like, when you go to bed in the evening evaluating how your day has been.
It is the story you picture about your role in your job, about your next holidays, about your role in your family, or even among friends.
It is the story in which you are hero and antihero at the same time.
Yet, we are no flat characters. We act and think differently in different situations, in different settings, in different chapters. We act and think differently depending on the other people on the scene.
People all over the world have taken up different roles during Covid-19; some maybe even unimaginable roles. A business woman who became homebound; a flight attendant who became ground bound. A fashion designer who became medical clothes designer; a car technician who became breathing system technician. The leader in peace who became leader in war, the social bar tender who sat home alone.
We are dynamic characters, with the ability to adapt if we want to or have to. While the world around us changes, we can change within it.
We might not know the story we are going to make part of, but we always are part of our own story. And that’s the one you can write active on, starting today.
Sometimes even just reframing helps you rewrite your entire story. Sometimes it helps to take a step back, get of the scene, put the mask down, and watch honestly to your own character.
How does the situation really look like, what do you really feel or think? Where are you going to? What are the good and the bad elements? What is your quest? Who are your real friends and enemies?
Sometimes when just taking a step back, become the spectator of your own story, you see things more clearly and it becomes obvious what should be your next move; what are the inaccuracies of your own beliefs and story; and how you can change it for the better.
In times of Corona we were so close to our own story. We were reduced to a few roles, and a few settings; our main décor had become the house we live in and our main other characters our inner circle.
After Corona, the world might have changed, and your character will move in that changed world. When the world start writing its post-Corona chapter, so will be you.
This article is part of the series of Hope in Times of Corona. Read
- how this times of self-isolation should not mean loneliness,
- how you can contribute to this battle,
- how gratitude lights up the dark,
- how united we will stand strong
- on the most util strategy in awake of a crisis
- how I got blown of my feet as well, but caught by many caring hands,
- how being calm can get us through the storm.
- about Love in Times of Corona
- how to discover your own talents
- why we need stories to hold on to
- how you can be creative and innovative.
- how to spend your mot valuable assets in times of Corona.
- how to listen to the sound of silence.
- How breate taking Corona really is.
- discover the other freedoms Corona has shown us,
- about the new-born freedom Corona gave us.
- about another way to exceed your personal bubble.
- about the position of nature in this entire story
- about nature bouncing back
- about the crucial choice between resilience and resistance
- about the game to play
- about star gazing in dark times
- About looking for Meaning
- about what Easter and Corona have in Common
- About the Shark and the Turtle
- About the Irony of Distance
- Why to Hold on
- Fake News
- about The Big Unknown we live at
- about Feeling Alive
- about what the Birthday of my nephew learned me about life
- About where we should go from here?
- About the Great War and the Great Pandemic, and we should not forget
- about history’s most important message, echoed by corona
- How one country could rule them all
- About how to prevent the next Green Pandemic
- about how we are experiencing a new episode of our history books
- masks off, how a friend in need is a friend indeed
- What’s Next. after we flattened the curve?
Or wait until tomorrow, when I’ll shine another light on yet another positive corner of this dark times.