I’m sure you’ve been trying to adjust to our new COVID-19 reality as it changes every day. I assume, like me, you have cancelled a lot of plans.
This week my good friend cancelled her wedding. I watched some of my tearful Temple University students leave campus and head home. I cancelled a speaking engagement outside the country.
It hurts. We feel sad. All of our plans are disrupted because of events beyond our control.
But, dear friends and students, this is when we DARE.
This is Dare time. This is when Do the New is put to the test.
We have a choice right now.
We can decide we are going to panic and feel anxious and that all is unfair OR, we can decide we are going to look at these new circumstances and Do the New. Come up with new solutions, new plans, use new skills, be innovative in the way we work and play. Right? Say YES to meeting the challenges and do things differently.
My favorite workout class was just canceled. UGH. But my good friend has just invited me to do a trail walk. YES!
I can’t teach my 50 media and communication college students this week in class but we are all moving to a virtual classroom on Zoom this week. YES!
Virtual workshops? YEP. That’s happening.
Will they be perfect? No. A lot of this I will be doing for the first time. I will learn, grow, and develop new skills. All of us will.
Yes, you too. I’m sure you will be finding new ways to do the things you normally do; perhaps work out of your home, hold a virtual meeting, find new ways to communicate, play and interact.
Yes, we can wallow in our disappointment if we want but honestly, we need to let that go as soon as possible and make new plans.
COVID-19 Dare Time ideas:
- Go virtual. Download new apps that allow you to virtually meet in groups.
- Retreat to nature. No COVID-19 in the woods. Walk, bike, garden. Thank goodness the weather is getting nicer. Get outside!
- Enjoy more family time, at home movies, puzzles, games
- More downtime? Read, paint, write, create something
- Do some virtual learning: language, skills
- Do some spring cleaning and organize those drawers, rooms, and spaces in your home.
Challenging yourself will help you feel accomplished, light up your brain and even give you a hit of our own body’s happy drug, dopamine, as you Do the New.
To my college students, know this will be behind us eventually. Be ready. Use your skills now to create your own stories. Innovate.
This is a good time to stay in touch with your network of friends and employers. Work on that resume, LinkedIn profile or portfolio.
When everything opens up again, our employers and businesses will need you.
And above all stay healthy. Be kind to your body. Don’t take risks with your health or the health of others. Follow the advice of experts and make sure your sources of news are reliable.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with hours of news. Checking in a few times a day should keep you up to date.
You get to choose. You can go down the road to fear and stuck OR you can reinvent your day and rise to the new challenges with optimism and energy.