Way back in January, when threats of the ‘new Coronavirus’ barely registered for most of us, Leanne Le Cras asked me to write a guest post for her blog. Her focus was on what positive things I had been doing in my ‘second act’ (aka, life post-50).
Little did I realize at the time, that my answers to her questions would have striking implications for the current changes in our reality today.
In my reply to Leanne, I wrote about our thoughts and experiences being dynamic, always in flux. I wrote about the importance of trying new things, knowing some of these attempts would stick while others would be only temporary. I wrote about endless challenges and possibilities. Taking smart risks, staying physically and mentally fit, engaging in new learning were among my priorities. I concluded my list with the advice to “expect the unexpected…and be prepared for wild cards.” Little did I know at the time how foreshadowing these words would become.
At the core of my post, I spoke about being open to reinvention. I also wrote about the importance of building and nurturing friendships, community and family.
Never before in my lifetime have two mere months brought forth such sweeping changes both worldwide and personally. As we stand together on shaky ground, what is most important to each of us now shines through with extra clarity.
The pictures that I sent to Leanne for that post include myself with my family in various configurations. These people mean the world to me. I am grateful for them every single day. As most of us are now experiencing physical distance from friends and family, it is essential not to let ourselves get trapped in loneliness and disconnection. The feature photo is a recent Zoom video catch up that Richard and I had with our sons, DILs and grandchildren. The picture below is with my book club and me earlier today.
Yesterday I had a video catch up with a close blogging friend in Australia. “Why have we never done this before?” we asked each other. I also had a video tour of a friend’s newly remodeled home on Facebook Messenger. With a little creativity, these social gatherings do not need to end.
For tomorrow, I have another video catchup scheduled with a few other bloggers. Although these gatherings may look very different from what they were previously, at their core they are the SAME SAME…with a touch of reinvention!
Please stop by and check out Leanne’s post here. I look forward to seeing you there.