How normal is Normal?

I think it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room. How normal is the life that we are leading as a race? Let me rephrase. I think everyone can agree when I say 2020 has been a tragic year for all of humanity. Individually though, I have personally borne witness to how amazing the year 2020 has been for a lot of my friends. A few found love, others founded business models with their pals. Some took time off and learnt tap dance or karate, while one researched about green tea leaves. A few focused on updating their skills. Many graduated from their living room. Many started their corporate careers from the comfort of their beds. I hope you understand where I’m going with this.

If you don’t, all of this- our accomplishments…They’re normal, sure. But these accomplishments were made during a Global Pandemic that rocked the world. Most developing countries are struggling, while developed nations are healing. Yet we have managed to weave a normal life out of this. I watch movies that were made BC (Before Corona) and I promise I jump with fright and unease when I see a party scene or a kissing scene. SO MUCH HUMAN CONTACT. It’s….almost abnormal.

I marvel and worry at the rate at which we adapted. This makes me wonder what us humans CAN’T do. Will we survive the consequences of climate change? Did the Mayans really have to warn us about the end of the world? Was 2020 the ‘premonition year’ – the trailer to the real live version of the movie 2012. If Noah’s Ark saved humans and all living beings, who will save us this time? Elon Musk? Will we have to move to Mars?

With new times ahead, we will have new problems. What will be our next normal?

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