Character isn’t something we inherit, it is something we have to build. We always have a choice in how we respond and how we perceive a situation. There are ways that we can learn to take a step back even when we are emotional or triggered. The world won’t handle you with kid gloves, so understand that your feelings will not be considered in the grand scheme of things. Your behavior, your attitude, your game plan, and your reactions are what will get you results.
Be the best version of yourself. For some of us that is easier said than done because we have been told who we are supposed to be for a majority of our lives. Even if you are in that circumstance, remember your voice is worth being heard so take the little steps to crack your shell and let yourself out. If we only knew how toxic it is to cage ourselves with what we think we have to do, we’d never do it again. We are never powerless.
During this time, there is an opportunity to develop who we want to be. I recently read that now isn’t the right time to make ourselves a project. I have to disagree on a certain level. The article discussed that we shouldn’t spend this time trying to achieve a million and one things to fill our days and prove how productive we are—which I actually do agree with. Where I disagree is that we CAN pick a singular project that will help in breaking the same old routine we have and help us step forward into our authentic selves. If you are fortunate enough to be home and able to review and observe and reevaluate your life and if you are even more fortunate to take action on that, then this is the perfect time to do it.
We are all going to come out of this isolation different one way or the other. Some of us will be forever grateful to have made it through. Some of us will be closer to our families. Some of us will never be stuck in isolation again. Some of us will have lost people. Some of us will have gained friends or have re-established relationships with people. I say take the steps to be the person you were always meant to be and come out of this happier and more centered. If the world is changing then we need to change with it. Don’t fight it. Learn to lean into it and flow.
Make your character and learn to be that person and do it unfailingly because the world is going to need a different type of person on the other side of this pandemic. It is going to need the people who are willing to fight for the underdog. It is going to need the people who are willing to establish justice, safety, and security for all. It is going to need people who can guide others through a transition they aren’t comfortable with. It is going to need the people who can make the world look a little brighter for everyone. We aren’t looking to outshine each other—we are looking to make as many lights as possible visible to everyone. So be that light.