The Most Powerful Skill We Learned This Year
Here we go! Let’s talk about this year.
Our lives could return to more familiar territory or this may linger on indefinitely. We don’t know. It’s ok. It’s time to set an intention for the year to come.
In some way or another this last year has made us feel like we are navigating new territory without a pilot. It’s as though the ground under our feet has dissolved. Many of us found ourselves alone. Many who died, died alone. A dichotomy formed between the young/healthy/low-risk group and the older/pre-existing conditions/high-risk group. Familiar escapes like travel, theater, restaurants, bars and sports were stripped away. The thought that I have a 7-month-old grandchild here on this earth whom I haven’t met is unthinkable. Loving someone means staying away from them.
Yet here we are. Many have gained a powerful skill this year – the ability to adapt. Being rigid and inflexible meant suffering. According to Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptive to change”. To adapt is not passive, it is an active change in behavior to make it easier to live in the world. Adaptability is a choice. It is a choice we make every day. After this crisis period has passed, our ability to adapt will continue to serve us.
I really want to save space this year for people who matter. Every person who reads my work is important to me 💜. With so much to read out there, I’m glad you are drawn to Love and Medicine. Having an outlet like this makes us feel less isolated.
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Happy, healthy New Year to all.
Dr. Annie K.