As we approach the 4th of July...wait WHAT? It's already the 4th of July?!
Man, who would have guessed this year would be flying by considering we have been confined to our homes for a large majority of 2020. No matter who you are or where you live, we have all shared a similar struggle adapting to the new norms of social distancing, wearing masks, and quarantining.
But how can we approach the second half of this year ? What can we do to grow as as individuals, as a community, and as a society? These questions are extremely important, questions that everyone should be thinking about.
As individuals, we can focus on learning new skills, finding new hobbies and spending time with our kids. Creating little pieces of happiness that otherwise would not have been possible due to the pressures of "normal" life.
As a community, we can focus on enhancing the aesthetic of our neighborhoods by picking up trash, volunteering for a local organization and becoming more involved in local leadership initiatives.
As a society, we need to recognize the positives that have come from this pandemic and maintain them as we try to move forward and back to "normal". For instance, a global revolution has started worldwide regarding Black Lives Matter. Now let me be clear, we do not agree with the destruction and violence that has ensued whatsoever. But we do recognize that the entire world is rallying together for a greater good, and that in and of itself is a powerful thing. Now imagine what would happen if we could do that to combat child hunger, ocean pollution, or global warming? See, the thing about being quarantined is you have a lot of time to read, learn, and discover. So let's discover a new topic of concern, educate ourselves, and be proactive in making a change for the greater good.
"Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right". If you don't know the band, check them out! But more importantly, take this quote to heart and use this time to understand yourself and how you can make a difference for the remainder of 2020!