Well, the original phrase is, “The only way round is through” by Robert Frost, but I took the liberty to update it to more of a 2020 vibe.
It goes without saying that this year has been hard on a lot of people. The only comforting (?) factor is the fact that we are somewhat going through this all together, sitting in the same boat wondering where this boat is going to go. But even then, are we really all together?
This year has uncovered a lot about myself. I’ve experienced a mix bag of emotions, proving to myself that I am indeed human. Phew, I was getting worried there. ;) We’ve all experienced sadness, pain, heartache, loss, grief — all the things we felt hella uncomfortable leaning into.
But there’s one thing that stands true.
We have to go through this. There is no way to avoid it. We can try our best to go underneath it, over it, to the side, fast forward, wake me up when this is over, but it just simply won’t work. That’s not the effect this year is giving us to confront our issues head-on.
It’s a re-birth and a recalibration of one’s life. Another powerful quote from August Gold:
“To enter the conversation with Life we only have to change one key word: We have to stop asking, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ and start asking, ‘Why is this happening for me?’ When we can do this, we’re free.”
It’s uncomfortable. But the only path forward is through. Through it all — the highs and the lows. Whether you decide the glass is half full or half empty, it is up to you.