As I sit here on a quiet Easter Sunday morning celebrating my birthday with bacon, egg and cheese biscuits I made to celebrate this day, I think back over the past year.
One year ago, my family was celebrating Easter by watching my grandchildren hunt for the clues to their unknown trip to Disney World in just 7 days. My daughter and I were more excited than they were because we knew the joy we were about to have. We shared food, stories, laughter and hugs.
July came and I spent an incredible long weekend at a women’s retreat followed by the yearly convention for all fitness and wellness professionals. Over the years of attending, I’ve made incredible friends and amazing collegues. The learning and friendship are priceless. I love attending this conference every year. it helps fuel my soul in many ways.
Last year I had a tremondous year: started training women at an incredible local gym, traveled to Madrid with my mother, Disney World with my daughter and grandkids, Las Vegas women’s retreat, Anaheim convention, Puerto Vallarta over Thanksgiving. Not to mention the joy of watching women enhance their health and lives. I met with my mother and daugher every month to celebrate joys, determine goals and plan and share our lives.
As I just wrote that last sentence, it brings tears to my eyes. The last time I was able to see and hold my grandkids, dauther, mother: Feb 29. Shortly after that, there were no high-fives, then no elbows, then the shutdown. Don’t get me wrong. I totally support the lockdown and agree with it. To date, I’ve cancelled 3 trips this year. Gratefully, as I am safe and bonus: lost no money, paid off debt and now enjoying building savings. (Finding the silver linings).
I look forward to a year from now. What will return, what will forever be changed? Do we adopt the Japanese tradition of honoring another person by bowing vs. a handshake? Do families keep their walks, dog walks and bike rides? Is there more work from home? What will travel look like? In the future, what will generation of students bring to the world from having to learn in a whole new way? Which businesses will survive, how do we help those that lose it all?
How will we support our athletes and ourselves? I realize that once there is a vaccine, all these will be moot, but we will be different; we will be changed. Do you watch shows in a whole new way? Look how close they are? This experience is overwhelming. It’s ok to feel that way. give yourself permission to take things slow. To not know the answers, to give yourself a break.
What are your thoughts?