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What is normal?

A poem that arose from my frustration of the judgement expressed in social media about how others should, must or ought to be reacting to the lockdown and these unprecedented times.


My normal isn’t your normal - yours isn’t mine.
It isn’t today, never was, and will never be.
What was my normal has changed, will change again, and again over coming weeks and months. Yours too.
Someone’s normal may be increased energy and enthusiasm.
Another’s normal may struggle to get the basics and essentials done.
Today’s normal may be lots of free time, or no time at all.
Tomorrow’s normal may be creative and inspired or a mind stuck in Groundhog Day.
No right.
No wrong.
Just what is.
An emerging raveling and unraveling of old, not so old and new and yet to be discovered habits.
A tightrope of known and unknown, of certain and uncertain.
Each of us trying to make sense of the unprecedented, and getting a different answer.
And yet it’s an answer that gives us faith, hope and strength.
If I try to pull your rug from under your feet about the certainty of your answer I apologise,
as I hope you will me.
My normal isn’t your normal - yours isn’t mine.
It isn’t today, never was, and will never be.


I share more about my relationship and the insights that have emerged from this poem in a LYL vlog.

Do get in touch if you'd like to find out more about using this poem with your team to explore challenges that might be facing them as you come out of lockdown.

If you sign up for the newsletter you'll also be kept up to date with new developments for 2021 around use of this and other poems I've written, such as Paths and Destinations or Chasing the tide, for keynotes, webinars and coaching - which I am very excited about.

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