Resilience is the ability to recover, cope, bounce back or spring back quickly from difficulties, toughness, or crisis or even to go back to “normal” (Oxford Dictionary, 2021).
Is there really any such thing as normal? Life is constantly changing giving obstacles, challenges, and crises of some sort or the other. Thus, why we need to be resilient and why connections and inclusion are important so that we feel that there is some degree of normalcy and give us a reason to fight and to live life. When a mother gives birth, it is that love/connection to her baby, as well as support of the doctors, nurses community etc. that gives the mother the strength and ability to bounce back and cope and adapt to a new way of life and thinking.
When we lose someone, we usually either become consumed in grief and block or avoid people, going places and accepting help or we embrace or grief and allow people to help us through our grief and we live our lives and try to move forward being resilient. It is even more important now that we embrace or connections and or grief when so many persons are either suffering or have died from Covid-19.
With the Covid-19 crisis we have all been put to the test to see just how resilient we are. With lockdowns social distancing, lack of physical contact with people and lack of events for community involvement we find ourselves craving some sort of normalcy and a yearning for more social connections. We have had to be resilient in our thinking and the way we live our lives by adapting to the difficult situation and finding the new normal. We are using unconventional ways to learn, work, socialise and travel. Proving that we are resilient and able to indeed bounce back with the proper tools or through inclusion. This pandemic has taught us so many things and even the fact that three is no such thing as normal but our perception of what we think is normal. This pandemic has also shown how mother nature is also resilient and is growing back damaged coral etc.
If we use different methods or tools, if we follow the examples of previous good practices, if we embrace connections of any kind and most important if we don’t give up, we will be more resilient in life and ready to adapt to the next situation that life gives us. It is when we quit and stop fighting that we are no longer resilient. Love is also a very important factor in life and being resilient. If we embrace love, we don’t runaway or give up it is only then we can stand up and fight for every moment we have.
By Karen Self