You may have seen the following image floating around social media.
It seems hard to believe that a 100-year-old cartoon seems relevant today. Then again, maybe it doesn’t. As Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote in 1849, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.“ (The more things change, the more they stay the same.)
After all, what is normal?
My old statistics professor would say that normal is something like this:
And if you think about it, the majority (if not 95%) of your life is the same as before. You probably have the same job, the same car, the same family, and the same belief system as you had in January 2020 and in January 2021. And certainly, the sun rises, the earth spins, and gravity pulls the same as always.
While circumstances may change, the fundamentals generally do not.
Often, it’s just a matter of reframing and then identifying what’s awesome about the current situation.
My family is currently in the midst of deciding whether to take a long-planned trip to Disney World next week. It’s not an easy decision in the face of rapidly rising cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. But one of my fundamental beliefs is the importance weighing the evidence and making an informed decision.
What’s awesome is that I have a wealth of information at my fingertips.
What’s even more awesome is that we have masks and vaccines (and boosters) to keep us safe.
And perhaps what’s most awesome is that I have a wonderful family that loves each other.
So, my “new” new normal is exactly the same as the old – love my family, make wise choices, be safe, and have fun.
How about you? What are some things that haven’t changed for you in the last 2+ years?