If I could define this past year using one word, it would be “resilience”. Since early 2020, we individually and collectively have had to overcome so many obstacles. Our lives were flipped upside down by a global pandemic. Many of our worlds shifted to a virtual context with little to no notice, and those who are essential workers showed up for their communities day after day.
Our normal ways of coping – whether it be going out to eat, meeting up with friends after class, gathering with family, shopping, or even going to the gym – were no longer as accessible. Yet, we prevailed. None of it may have been easy, but we found new ways to adjust in immeasurable ways. Many of us learned how to work remotely, go to school from home, and build genuine connections through a screen.
And while many of us have been longing for some sense of ‘normalcy,’ it is important to consider what parts of normal are worth rushing back to. We are in a pivotal moment as a society. As more people are becoming protected from the virus and restrictions are being lightened, the world we used to know is beginning to return.
In so many ways, this brings me excitement and hope. I cannot wait to be in a classroom again, to hug my grandparents, and to actually meet my colleagues in person! But also, we cannot simply forget how much we have learned. I have come to realize the benefit of slowing down. I have had deeper conversations, questioned where I put my energy and started to appreciate my time alone while also gaining a deeper appreciation for my friends, family, and community. In many ways, I am thankful for the lessons this past year has taught me, and chances are, you may be too.
So rather than just jumping back into life the way we used to know it, we have an incredible opportunity to rebuild and reimagine what “normal” will be! This past year has taught us to embrace the unexpected, be more intentional, and adapt; allowing us to move forward with a more intentional look at who we are and who we want to be – as individuals, friends, family, citizens, students, teachers, colleagues—the list is endless!
We hope you join us at Leadership Inspirations as we focus on our theme for 2021, “Reimagining Leadership”, by committing to exploring how we can change the culture of leadership for ourselves and our world.
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*Meet the Author*
Caroline has been with Leadership Inspirations for 3 years. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership Development and holds B.A’s in Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies.
Favorite Quote: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” – Jane Goodall
Fun Facts: 1) I’m from Seattle 2) I LOVE Golden Retrievers 3) I have celebrated Holi in India