In the last week, it has become apparent to most of us that we are in lockdown for a while. How it ends is unclear but life will not return back as quickly as life changed to get here. The return to something else will happen over time and all of a sudden it will be the new normal.
Over the past few years, there has been this underlying ramp-up of a constant white noise yelling that it was time for a change. The anger, the rise of unease, the division in the country, the over-priced market, the fluff. We all needed to step back. The intensity combined with a level of anxiety and expectations had surpassed giving ourselves time to breathe.
Dana Cowin made the astute comment that suddenly after all these years of baking she is now focused in a completely different way. She is in the present moment from smashing the bananas perfectly and making sure the flour is measured right. And guess what…it feels good.
If we look back at history we can point to massive shifts around major life-changing events from wars to pandemics. What are the new paths and the future? Every industry will be touched.
One thing that is clear is that we will not want to return to being so frenetic. We will be much more attached to the home and being present. Business travel won’t be needed like it was. Restaurants and food supply will change. E-commerce hits the gas but what happens to fashion. I could go on.
Silver linings here are the most important and to feel that connection to ourselves is game-changing. Ourselves, our relationships, the importance of how we want to live our lives has just shifted in ways none of us have even wrapped our arms around yet.