During the stay-at-home orders of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have had plenty of time to think about my life. I will pose a few of the questions I am asking myself.
- In what ways will I open my wallet when I am free to move about the world? How I spend my money is like voting and deserves careful attention.
- How busy do I want to be out in the outside world? What activities do I miss and which ones now seem meaningless? Might I feel overwhelmed if I pack my schedule full again? Do I really want a busy life? I have cleared my plate of projects, now what will be my focus?
- Are my values more clearly defined now? What makes my life worth living? What will that look like outside my home?
- What have I discovered I can live without? What must I have as soon as possible when allowed? I have experienced a priority overhaul, so what does the new priority life look like?
- What companies or products helped me survive isolation? How can I say thank you or donate to them?
- What new habits did I create during the pandemic that I want to keep? What unhealthy habits did I use to survive that I need to stop doing?
- How might I temper my hope in order to manage disappointment when the world doesn’t open in the ways I would prefer? How can I maintain patience and stay safe? How will I handle another shutdown if the virus has a resurgence?
- How will I adjust to difficulties that will ensue because of the lack of a blueprint for re-entry to “normal life”? What is my plan for managing my frustration?
- Will I be able to manage anxiety, fear and grief? Will I need extra support to heal from the trauma of this pandemic? What books or groups might be helpful? What practices, treatments or strategies might I utilize to release pent up negative emotions?
I have unraveled a complicated life during isolation. But going out into the world again is more complicated than ever! I have confidence I can do it but I need to be mindful about it.
What questions are on your mind?