I’ve been reflecting a lot recently, and as a collective, I think the c-bomb has made us feel lost. For many the uncertainty about what is to come still hangs heavy over us – just like the rain clouds that have plagued many of us in the UK in the past week.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record of what we’ve already been hearing in the media, when we eventually come out of lock down (for which, at the time of writing, there still is no end date) our life as we know when it comes to working, socialising, and sadly, how we enjoy ourselves will change. This is a lot to take in, assimilate, and then move forward from.
It’s at times when we’re at a loss that we look to others for guidance. When I was journalling earlier this week, I thought about all the inspiring women today that I have looked to, and continue to look to when I don’t know what the hell is going on.
These inspiring women have sparked something in me that’s changed my perspective on my approach to life. This has either been through their actions, their words, or simply being their brilliant selves. My list of inspiring women includes my circle of best and close friends, authors, online content creators and female relatives. I’m sure you can think of a similar set of women that inspire you too.
This lead me to thinking that perhaps we should be approaching this situation from the point of view of our favourite female role models. Can their words relight the fire in us that’s threatening to burn out?
Below are a set of inspiring quotes for women by well known females both past and present. Perhaps by taking their words to heart we can find the inner strength to forge our own path through the unknown.
The best thing to hold on to in life is each other
This isn’t a time for us to be shaming one another for our reactions to something that scares the majority. It also isn’t a time to be comparing your productivity with someone else’s. Even though we can’t physically be together, being together in spirit is arguably what us Brits do best.
Whether that’s through keeping connected via calls and quizzes with our friends and family, or clapping every Thursday evening for the NHS, let’s hold on to each other, rather than push one another away.
Above all, be the heroine in your life, not the victim
It’s easy for us to think that we’re the most worst off in our individual at home situations. Balancing home schooling your kids while working from home, (or working as usual -thank you key workers) being furloughed worker with lots of empty time to fill, self employed worrying about how your livelihood will survive, or dealing with the unthinkable when someone you know develops serious symptoms. Worry and stress is something that we all share at the moment on varying levels.
However, thinking about things solely from your own point of view isn’t healthy. If you and your family and friends are all safe and well, then you’re doing okay. Yes, this situation will continue to be challenging on so many different levels, but having the perspective that we’re all going through the storm together, can help you show up for yourself and those close to you, with a more positive mindset.
I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life
I know I can’t be the only one at the moment using all this ‘extra’ time to reflect on how I’m going to do better for myself in the future.
I’ll be trusting my gut instincts more – grabbing hold of opportunities that arise, going on that trip I’ve always wanted to, making memories with loved ones, and generally just living the best life I can. Without wanting to sounding morbid, there’s nothing like a global pandemic to change the way you approach life, as it shows you that it can be taken away in a second.
It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith
When hoards of Brits were filling up their shopping trolleys with toilet roll and hand sanitiser a few weeks ago, it was no doubt through fear. The fear of catching COVID-19 lurks in the background of our minds, keeping us alert and tense. Coupled with the knowledge that thousands have already lost their lives to it, the reality can feel heart-breaking.
However, there is hope. Countries are starting to recover, lock down restrictions are starting to be eased and there’s talk of curves being flattened. We may not be quite out of the worst of the storm yet, but other countries are making tentative steps out into the sunshine, laying the path for us to follow them. We’ve made it through this far, and they’re proof that we can make it further.
We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power already: we have the power to imagine better
Some images that have stuck with me throughout this pandemic are of the change in the World’s environment – Venice’s canals clear and swimming with dolphins, and satellite images of decreasing carbon emissions. This has only been achieved by us staying at home.
The pandemic has also seen us looking out for the elderly and vulnerable members of our community more, taking the time to check in with friends and family that we may have previously neglected, and lets face it, getting out in nature way more than we would have done before.
I hope that after the worst of this is over, we can, like J.K Rowling says, have the power to imagine better – to slow ourselves down enough in our day to day so that these new habits we’ve formed stick with us, because I think we’ll all be so much happier and healthier for it.
Do any of these quotes resonate with you? Share what your favourite is and why in the comments.
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