It’s OK if You’re Having a Really Good Year

Thriving in strange times is a gift

Photo by Daniel Adesina on Unsplash

When the pandemic hit, I was in a pretty bad place. I needed a break. I needed a reason to take some time to figure things out for myself.

For me, the last 6 months have been the biggest period of growth in my entire life. I have found my passion, done a lot of soul searching, and made deeper and lasting friendships.

Honestly, I felt a little guilty.

A lot of us needed this time to figure out who we are. When disaster strikes, it’s a time when we can rebuild ourselves into something better than we were before. We don’t have to feel guilty for using the opportunity to grow.

There will always be upheaval.

If there is one skill I have taken from this year, it’s that I can safely ignore breaking news. There is a new disaster going on all the time, but there is only one me, living my life.

The more I can focus on getting myself in order, the more use I am to the people around me. It’s not selfish to thrive — it’s the best thing you can do for the people you love.

Crisis after crisis pile up in the world.

There is no “going back to normal.” This is the new normal. We live in a vast, interconnected world of instant knowledge of anything happening anywhere on the planet. We are at a place where we have to choose what stream of information we want to allow into our world, and what we don’t.

It’s not a bad thing to curate what we allow into our world. If we don’t, we give that power to Google and CNN, who do not have our best interests at heart and would rather keep us outraged and watching.

Continue having a good year, for the sake of everyone

We need the good news.

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Lost southern boy learning to be a storyteller in Los Angeles. Interested in writing together? taylorforeman.com

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