Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the transition to a post-pandemic world. I’m fully vaccinated now, as are most of my friends and family members. 🎉
It’s a bit surreal because, at many points during the pandemic, it felt like it would never end. But now that it’s becoming safer to see people, I find myself getting pretty excited about the months and years ahead.
As I’ve shared here before, this last year has been difficult for my mental health. In fact, I asked my doctor to prescribe me Celexa a few months ago to help me feel more like myself (OMG – it has helped me so much!).
I know that I am not unique. Many of you have written to me to express that you’ve had your own struggles during this past year. And it’s not surprising, right? We’ve all just endured an entire year of separation from our loved ones, navigating virtual work/school, greater visibility of the systemic racism that exists in our society, and an intensely divisive political environment.
In my opinion, it’d be more surprising to not have struggled mentally and emotionally through this year, than to have struggled. It makes me think about what Billie Eilish said in this podcast. She said that people often ask her and her brother, Finneas why their music is pretty dark. She responds that she is simply reflecting what she sees in the world – notating that it’s a rather dark time for our society and she, through her music, wants to acknowledge that.
Yesterday, Warren and I were in the car, psychoanalyzing the history of our relationship (as therapists do). We were talking about previous seasons of our marriage that have felt a lot happier and more carefree than this most recent season. This last year, our marriage has been hard. We’ve spent a lot of time together (like, a lot, a lot). We’ve had very few things to look forward to, very few things to get dressed up for, and a disproportionate amount of sweatpants, ice cream, and Wheel of Fortune.
There is a lot of safety in our relationship, so we can be honest with each other about the fact that this last year of marriage hasn’t been very fun or fulfilling.
However, as we were chatting, I realized that this last chapter was just that: a chapter. A chapter that had a beginning, and a chapter that is now concluding. This inspired me to not think of the end of the pandemic as a return to a previous, pre-Covid chapter. Rather, the next chapter is a totally new, totally fresh season.
The page is turning. Relationships, jobs, schedules, commitments – none of these are required to look like they did before the pandemic and they certainly won’t look like they have during this past year.
We have the opportunity to write something totally new, hopefully incorporating all we have learned during this challenging year. I’m excited to start a new chapter. One that still has a fair share of Wheel of Fortune and ice cream, but also one that has a date night here and there, a long afternoon of solo shopping with a Venti green tea, and an occasional trip to the ocean.
What are you excited about during this next chapter? What parts of the story will continue on, and what parts will be completely new?
I’d love to hear about it if you want to share.
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