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Bouncing Back

bouncing back

Raise your hand if 2020 has been a great year for you. Does anyone have their hand raised? I would imagine not, but what if I asked if 2020 has been a good year or evenbouncing back just an okay one, for you? I would think not many hands are raised for those categories either. Let’s face it, 2020 has been epic to say the least, and not in a good way. Regardless of what kind of year 2020 has given you, we should all raise our hand for bouncing back and being resilient this year.

This year we have dealt with a lot. We’ve had to adapt to major changes, limitations and disruptions in our daily routines, such as working from home with our kids in the next room, attending virtual schools. Covid / Corona (and not the beer) has dramatically changed not only our daily routines but also the way we interact with one another. I’ve even had to take a walk with a cigar alone instead of enjoying one with a friend.

We’ve dealt with unusually high amounts of illness and loss of family, friends, or family of friends. Natural disasters have been running rampant with wildfires out west, the dust storms, locust plaques and more than the usual amount of hurricanes. We’ve experienced a very volatile market, a decimated hospitality industry, and a lot of civil unrest. On top of all that, let’s not forget the very contentious election next week (PLEASE VOTE!!). We can’t even escape from this bleak reality due to travel restrictions! And of course, who can forget the great toilet paper shortage of 2020?! It’s no wonder most of us did not initially raise our hands. ? !!

Life does have many surprises but it’s how we navigate and adapt to them that make us resilient. Being resilient helps us bounce back from adversity, almost like a phoenix.

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’m not going to survive this”, with each curveball this year has thrown at us? Some of us thought we wouldn’t survive 2 weeks of being stuck at home, and 7 months later we’ve created a great work from home setup with a new routine and learned new skills along the way. The lack of travel has been a huge adjustment for me, but I’ve gotten creative and started considering taking road trips to get a change of scenery, or even a walk.

Some of these challenges we face are almost like blessings. We’ve grown and become stronger with each hurdle that comes our way, regardless of how daunting it seems initially. The adaptions become routine, and we forget how much we have overcome, through resiliency and just plain obstinance. We adapt, manage, and even thrive.

If you raised your hand because you’ve had a great, good or okay year, reach out, I would love to hear about it! If you did not raise your hand, I hope you also reach out, how can I help? Maybe with silent company.

 “Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever.  Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.”– Unknown

Have a resilient weekend.