Kensha Andrea B. Gardingan, Philippines
“New normal” might be the term of the year, based on how frequently it is being shown in the news or being talked about everywhere. I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about it already by this time, and everyone has their own take on it. But how do we deal with this knowing that we are in a state where even the health experts worldwide are having a difficult time wrapping their heads around it? How do we embrace this as we move forward with our lives? I really do not know the exact and factual answer to these questions, but I may use this platform to share my thoughts to ponder on.
Recently I posted a photo of myself on my Instagram account where I was filling out forms declaring that I have a clean bill of health and that I am not a threat to contaminate anyone in the vicinity. In that photo I was wearing a mask, as it is mandated by our city officials to do so. I composed a number of sentences to prove a point on the said picture:
So this is how we dine-in the #newnormal way. After being greeted with a footbath, a temperature check, a guestbook, and a sanitizer, we also need to fill up forms before we do our thing at the table. It does feel weird, but going through these protocols may be the least we could do as someone who takes empathy and common sense into consideration amidst the whole situation.
This pandemic, it sure changed the course of our lives. Our anxiety level may be heightened and may go off the charts but we have to make a choice not to let that happen. I guess we just have to deal with it making sure not to go insane. Besides, even if the risk is still there, this experience may somehow allay the threat of getting cabin fever (which is real).
Breakthroughs in treatment and vaccine may still take time, but yeah life goes on, along with patience and prayers.
This idea of posting a photo on social media with the intent of talking about it is one of many ways to cope with this whole thing. I can say it is therapeutic, and it sort of goes within the current culture that we are in – the day and age of being vocal with our opinions. Catharsis surely helps as this site proves to be a tool for it, not to mention the convenience it brings whether we are stuck elsewhere at the moment or we are able to go out under relaxed rules.
Apart from the photos and the words that are coming out because of this pandemic, may we stay on course with the path that we choose to take, not forgetting that this is a continuing story that will keep on unfolding before our eyes.