It is time to share your pandemic story. The world needs to hear your perspective and experience. Sharing your story supports the collective.
The impact the pandemic has had on our lives over the past year and a half is significant and will be long-lasting.
You may have been quarantined away, working from home – or not able to work at all. Or you may have had increased demands on your time and energy – fighting a pandemic on the front lines or supporting those that were. Maybe you were somewhere in between – trying to adjust to all the new rules while keeping your family safe and healthy.
Regardless of how it’s felt for you – your experience matters.
Amazingly, this global phenomenon has unified every human on this planet in a way that an event never has in our lifetime. Yet how that impact has played out is very individual.
Your Story Is Important
Every single one of you has had your own unique experience. You have your own story to tell.
This experience – your experience – should be honored and appreciated. It should be witnessed and understood. It should be shared with those that love and support you.
Your experience is important. Your perspective is needed. Your insights are welcome to the collective. It’s how we all grow. It’s how we all process and evolve into the next phase of our experience. It’s how we stay connected to one another.
Crafting Your Pandemic Story
I’d like to invite you to share your story with me and others that want to hear from you. This can be as short or as long as you’d like.
If useful, here are several questions to consider as you contemplate Your Pandemic Story.
- Consider where you were at the start of 2020 – how has your life situation changed? Your perspective on life?
- What have you learned about yourself? What have you learned about other people?
- What word or words best encapsulates your overall pandemic experience up to this point?
- What do you wish people knew about your experience? What are you most surprised about?
- What advice would you give yourself from a year ago? What advice would you give yourself or others now?
Or just share what wants to be shared.
Sharing Your Pandemic Story
There are several ways to share your story:
- Set up a story time with friends or loved ones where everyone has the opportunity to share
- Post Your Pandemic Story in our community Facebook Group Here. It will be received with love.
- E-mail me Your Pandemic Story. I will read and respond to every story I receive.
- Post a comment on the blog below for others to see as well
- Contemplate your experience and know your reflections are felt throughout the collective – regardless of whether you share with others directly.
Transcending Your Pandemic Story
As humans we have the unique capacity to narrate our experience. It is wildly useful. It helps us make sense of the world around us and our place in this world.
It is so helpful – crucial even – to share your perspective and be seen. To have your experience witnessed. Yet if we grip this narrative too tightly it can actually hold us back from the learning and growing we’re here to do. Our story can keep us stuck.
Knowing and sharing your story is critical. It is also equally important to see your story as that – a story. One perspective. One thread of truth in a tapestry of truths.
There is always more truth beyond what we’ve seen and experienced. We can only ever see life from our lens – which is perfectly OK – especially when you realize that is how it’s always working.
We can never know what we don’t see. There is so much more to our experience – in every moment – than we are aware of.
As you begin to transcend your story you begin to experience the freedom beyond it.
Your story doesn’t define you. It isn’t who you are. Who you are is the witness of your experience. The narrator that has the capacity to select a story. That can opt for a new story in any moment.
Look in this direction and see the possibilities of where life can take you.