I’ve been thinking about the world a lot lately. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say that they want things to get back to normal soon. While I would like that but I think that we all may have to adjust to a new normal until this virus is under control.
When I first got diagnosed with alopecia, all I wanted was to go back to normal. I didn’t want to have to face a new normal for myself. In this society, to be beautiful women are told to wear makeup, be a certain size, and have long flowing hair. I don’t wear makeup and I struggle to be a certain size. If I didn’t have long flowing hair, was I going to be attractive to men or to myself. I had just fallen in love with myself and I couldn’t see myself without hair. I worked with my life coach through my issues and I accepted my alopecia. I don’t know if my alopecia will return in the future but I hope it won’t. It was a grieving process that I went through. I had to get used to having a huge bald spot on my head.
This week, I was had been planning to take the train to Seattle and go whale watching. I decided that it wasn’t a good idea. I work with covid patients and it is getting worse in the area that I’m in. It wouldn’t be safe to travel right now. I want to be able to travel but I have to not only think about myself but other people as well. This is the new normal that I have to get used to. I don’t like wearing a mask at work and when I go outside, but I do it because it helps.
Life is just a series of getting used to a new normal.
For example, getting a new boyfriend or girlfriend is a new normal to adjust to. Going through a break up is adjusting to a new normal. Losing weight and eating healthy is a new normal to adjust to. Getting diagnosed with a disease will be a new normal. Getting a new job will be adjusting to a new normal. Buying a new house will be a new normal to adjust to. Getting a new haircut is a new normal to adjust to. Getting a bald spot or losing hair is a new normal to adjust to. Not being able to be with a loved one that is in the hospital is a new normal to adjust to. Being a travel nurse and moving every 3 months is a new normal to get used to.
Sometimes adjusting to a new normal is not welcome like this pandemic. Sometimes a new normal will thrust us into the grieving process. Sometimes a new normal will change our lives for the better.
I learned that the more I try to fight a new normal the harder I make my life.
Right now a lot of people are adjusting to a new normal at the same time. This virus has changed the way a lot of people are operating today. I now have to wear a mask when I go whale watching, even when out on the ocean.
It does help to have someone to talk to about adjusting to a new normal. That’s why I have a life coach. If you need help, I am here for that too. I’m training to be a life coach. Message me if you would like details.