It’s the last week of the longest year of our lives, and I don’t know about you guys but I’m sure looking forward to raising the largest drink – wait, make that a full bottle! – I can find on December 31st and bidding a final farewell to 2020. No matter what you do/did/planned on doing it’s been one hellofayear for us all with more twists and turns and “hey, let’s just walk upside down on our hands all day today to see what that does to my world!” than any of us could have imagined. Ever. Best if we put it quickly behind us right now and, well, carry on.
Except for one teensy, tiny little thing.
Many of us no longer even know what it means to ‘carry on.’ That’s right. If it has not already become obvious to you let me put it more bluntly.
Normal, as we once knew it, no longer exists, so don’t even look for it. Anywhere.
But – and stick with me on this journey – you can choose to hold your own personal never-ending mourning period for your ‘old normal’ OR – here’s the good news part – you can choose to simply release it like a butterfly with new wings and let it go, realizing as you do that it’s time to move on to blazing that new path toward whatever lies ahead. Mostly because, in case you haven’t already been hit on the head about this 2020 revelation, “reinvention” is the new buzzword for 2021 and beyond. Best if you allow yourself the grace to have your ‘ah-ha!’ moment this week then proceed to figure out what that looks like for you.
Continuing with the good news part, if your new calendar looks anything like mine you’ve probably got a few openings. Maybe even a whole twelve months of them. So I suggest you try to harness the power of the pause this week to think about what 2021 will look like for you.
As usual, I’m not without a few tips to get that process going, so here’s where I think we should all start:
- Release and let go of whatever didn’t work for you in the past – no matter how much you loved it – because you’re going to need to be thinking differently moving forward
- Clear space, both physically and mentally, for the potential of all good new things to come
In short, think of the road ahead as a blank canvas and use any colors you want to paint it yours.
I’m not naïve enough to tell you the sky’s the limit because we all know that at some point there are bound to be some dark low clouds on the horizon. But there’s nothing wrong with setting high intentions and enjoying those small steps it takes to get there. As mentioned above, give yourself the luxury of grace to get past 2020. Realize that no one has an accurate crystal ball but we are all searching for a happy ending.
Especially to 2020!