Beginning a new normal

This is a short post this week as I have been having a break from writing after publishing book seven of Tom’s Ten last week. That book Perfectionism is out on my website or Apple Books now.

Here in Sydney we are getting ready for restrictions to ease on the 11th October as we hit the state target of 70% fully vaccinated. More restrictions will wind back as we reach 80%, but it’s the first marker that a lot of us are excited about. It means being able to see friends that were outside of our LGA and more than 5kms from our homes. It means that gyms, restaurants and retail will reopen (with density limits). It will mean beginning a new normal. One where we live with Covid as part of our lives and the real possibility that we will get it. However, if vaccinated we are much less likely to be hospitalised. For example the United Kingdom’s rolling 7 day average is around 30,000 cases a day, but less than 600 hospitalisations, with 66.9% of the population fully vaccinated.

But I am not here to talk about vaccinations. This post is to remind us all (including me) that when we get back out there we don’t just go back to the old ways. The times when we rushed about like mad people, buying shit we don’t need and filling our spare time with a thousand things. A time when we were “so busy”. This post is really just to remind us all that if we take anything from lockdown it should be to take time to slow down, to take time for ourselves. Even if that means to do nothing, just to give ourselves permission to be lazy and watch the clouds roll by. Because what will happen is a rush to see as many people as possible, to get into the shops, the restaurants, the bars and to put lockdown behind us. To forget the last few months. To forget the last two years.

What I encourage us all to do is to plan a little time each week to do nothing. Do it for yourself, for your mind. Just go and sit outside somewhere and watch the world whizz by. It will feel hard to do because you will be sucked back into the busy world of “doing”. But try to make a time in your calendar each week for an hour of nothing time. It may sound ridiculous, but it will help your brain to have a rest from all the novel stimuli you will be experiencing. Plus you may just realise that being busy doesn’t mean being fulfilled.

Tom :)