We are all called to change, we can no longer go back. The end of the pandemic will set our new inner form.
We started respecting the quarantine without thinking about where we were going, how long it would last, what the consequences would be. After weeks, in which we still struggle to see the end, we await the updates as we have become accustomed, or resigned now, to a new routine.
In this time that seems, only apparently, still, everything is changing, even ourselves.
For many, this new normal is complicated. Families forced into small apartments, singles who discover solitude, elderly people who no longer even have those moments of daily social life that helped them feel less alone.
Time seems to stand still. The news is few and slow to arrive, the days all seem the same and without a goal, without a precise goal. There is a lot of uncertainty.
In this time that seems, only apparently, still, everything is changing, even ourselves. Out there, nature reclaims space in the streets of the cities, those spaces which they thought were ours, but which have only been lent to us.
We said change, what is scary. We have been asked to stay safe, healthy, thinking of others. A mission we are not used to, so focused on always thinking for one, two at most. We are finally using technology for what it should be, a set of useful tools to communicate with others, of true sociality, the one that makes you worry about who you care about and that makes you ask “are you all right?”.
Now we have more time to think and talk to ourselves, something that scares us. Still, this is the way to prepare for change. If there is something that the virus has let us know, it is that we must no longer (can we?) Go back. The speed of social media is what made us unable to slow down, to stop and reflect on our life.
Nature does not stop, it moves slowly and relentlessly, it changes, and we must adapt. We cannot choose, only to realize that it is happening. The strong and dramatic warning has arrived. Now it’s up to us to discover another side of ourselves, the one that will adapt to the new post-Covid reality. Because man is made like this, he is able to adapt to anything and to do so he forms community and alliances, to do it more easily.
Time hasn’t stopped, it just slowed down a bit to give us a chance. We change our way of thinking, we use what we already know in a different combination, we find another form. We still have some time ahead, when the pandemic ends, we fix our new ‘I’ and get ready to live a new life.