When COVID-19 struck I think there was a feeling that there would be some short-term pain and changes that we just had to accept, then we would return back to the old normal. It’s now been several months of varying degrees of social restrictions and I am noticing within myself and in others, a sense of “COVID fatigue”. Usually at this time of year I am looking forward to my annual family holiday on the Gold Coast, just as we have for the last ten years. I work hard all year, knowing that I can rest and recover in the sun but now I am thinking about my alternatives and how I feel about losing this special tradition.
I am acutely aware that our friends in Victoria have it tougher and I find solace that I am not alone. I am surrounded by the YMCA community that has felt the full impact of this turbulent year like no other. Bushfires, air quality and COVID-19 lockdowns, can only make us a stronger and more committed community.
We all have two choices, good or bad, thoughts of lacking or of abundance, negative or positive and I know what type of choice will lead me into a better state of mind. And with this I want to remind our team and the community about some of the positive stories of late, here at the Y.
I might not be able to change all the things that COVID has forced upon me but reflecting on the positives, I am optimistic about the future. Will I adapt my tradition and have a stay at home holiday, go camping or discover a hidden gem close to home? I am not sure which one but if I pick just one thing then I feel confident that I can turn it into a positive.
What’s your one thing I wonder?