In the last year, I’ve learned that second chances matter and count. If you consider all the things that we’ve been through as a world and a community, we all deserve a second chance to get things right with each other but more importantly, with ourselves.
I’ve never been a fan of resolutions, but I am a supporter of a goals and milestones. With that said, let’s consider what it would take to start all over again.
Friendships - When was the last time you checked in with your friends? While we may still be socially distancing, it’s still important to maintain those connections via Zoom or through the phone. Call a friend and check in on them. The last year has been quite lonely for many and hearing from you may be the pick they need.
Family - For many of us, getting through the last year has brought our families closer together, where some have drifted apart. Check in with your family members and remind them of how much you love them. Find creative way to get together and stay connected.
Work - With many companies allowing employees to return to the office on a limited basis, connecting with colleagues is going to look...different. It’s ok if you aren’t comfortable interacting with colleagues yet - just make sure they know that so that it doesn’t feel awkward. Send them an email explaining your interaction comfort level. They will understand.
Community - Spring is upon and the neighborhoods are buzzing with activities. Check in your neighbors while you’re outside. Stop for a friendly (social distanced) conversation. These little interactions can just what you both need.
Personal Relationships - It’s not secret that the last year of isolation has caused many personal relationships to crumble while others have thrived. Use this time to rekindle that magic in your personal relationship. Go have a picnic in the park. Find a way to have your own space and then a space where you can come together.
We’ve all learned a lot in the last year and now it’s time to start all over again. Find a way to rekindle relationships - personal and otherwise. This is an opportunity to get it right, the second time around.