Since March 2020, I’ve been pretty laid back about the global pandemic. “Keep calm and carry on,” that’s my motto. Now it’s a year later, people are vaccinated, but I feel more unsure now than I did a year ago.
It’s because I don’t know – yet – how much the world has changed. I don’t know what will go back to the way it was, and what will never be the same again.
The last year reminds me of how fleeting life can be. Things can change in an instant, even if that instant lasts a year.
I’m still keeping calm, still carrying on, but I can’t shake this feeling that there is another shoe, and that shoe is going to drop. This feeling is known as anxiety, and I know it well, but I wanted to write this post in case anyone else is feeling uneasy despite things getting better again.
I don’t know how to make the unclear become clear, but I do know about a concept called “anti-fragile.” It basically means that every time something unexpected happens, you get stronger, not weaker.
Imagine if you dropped your favorite coffee mug, and it became stronger and better. Or imagine if you broke you iPhone and immediately received the newer iPhone for free. This is how anti-fragile works, as a concept.
In my life, I like to think of these unexpected and often traumatic experiences as making me even more capable, adaptable, and flexible. I think these are qualities that will get me through to whatever new normal awaits.
How are you feeling? Chime in, in the comments below!