Something that seems to have become more prevalent in social media posts, and in my own reflections and experiences –
Feelings. And how we deal with them.
Suddenly, it has become normal to admit that you’re not as ok as people expect you to be.
There is less pressure on people to offer advice and try to fix things. Because honestly, unless you have a vaccine for Covid-19, there’s nothing much anyone can do right now to fix things in the way we hope to have it fixed.
And to be honest, I’m actually really glad.
I’m not glad for all the suffering, pain, uncertainty and anxiety that is happening around the world right now.
But I’m glad that the language of uncomfortable feelings and emotions are becoming more normalised and acceptable, especially in societies and cultures where such topics were once extremely taboo and stigmatised.
I’m glad that so many are speaking about how it’s ok to be not ok.
I’m glad that when I felt guilty for feeling safe and protected at home, I found comfort in friends who openly expressed the same feeling, letting me know that I’m not a monster.
I’m glad that there is an acknowledgement of the collective grief we are all experiencing and the support we are giving to help each other through it.
Who would have thought we’d live to see such strange times?