The Freedom To Live

That our lifestyle has changed in the last year is a fact: more freedom, less freedom, no freedom, too much freedom. We have essentially gone through all the emotional phases of a rather hysterical period. Let’s say, however, that the light at the end of the tunnel begins to show itself. But how much will it resemble the past and how innovative will it be?

Finally Reopens

Open clubs, aperitifs with friends, restaurant dinners and outdoor walks under a slightly bizarre climate: this is how it welcomed us back this spring. I see the world outside and it seems so full of opportunities that I feel confused, like when you go to an ice cream shop with 20 flavors and you want to try them all.
It’s refreshing to look around and watch life go by outside the walls of the house. For some, though, it might even be scary. After a year of paying close attention to every movement and interaction, getting into the fray can prove tricky. If you are one of these people, my suggestion is not to feel out of place or to force yourself to do things you do not feel ready for, pushed by social pressure. Everyone has to follow their own inner rhythm, so take your time. Your time will come too!

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Desire to Escape & Design

Energy: we have accumulated so much of it that, now, we just have to find a way to use it. So, off to the dances with excursions, trips out of town, travel plans and get-togethers with friends…
Personally, I’m the kind of person who sees a ray of sunshine and feels ready to take over the world, but whatever your current emotional situation is with respect to this lifestyle change, I give you some advice:
1. Don’t feel obligated to approve yourself to others. Do what you prefer! The important thing is that you are fine.
2. Leave room for imagination. Dreaming costs nothing and, if you think you are indulging in a whim that might seem too expensive, tell yourself that every left over is lost. You deserve it!
3. Find your balance. Understand what it’s that makes you feel at ease and dedicate yourself to cultivating it with patience and dedication.

Photos by ©Erol Ahmed & ©ian dooley

The Desire to Change

As snakes change their skin, the same goes for humans. The time to think and the need to reinvent ourselves have accompanied us for a long time, creating in many the need to put a patch where they had made mistakes and were stubborn to move forward.
For example, during the time spent looking inside myself over the past months, I realized that I had to completely revolutionize my life from a professional point of view. So, I found the courage to question myself, telling myself that I couldn’t miss the opportunity to try right now that I had been given the opportunity to try.

  • How to Welcome the Change?

Change can take many forms. It doesn’t have to be an upheaval. In fact, it can also manifest in a more mild way: cultivating a hobby that we had put aside, learning to dedicate time to ourself, deciding not to do something that is potentially harmful to ourself and our mood.
I adopt the philosophy of the so-called baby steps and, that is, taking small steps at a time. In this way, we do not create too sudden a detachment and we give ourselves the possibility to monitor our reactions.
In any case, however beautiful this return to normality is, it also brings with it imbalances. For some, moving from a highly restrictive regime to one so diametrically opposed can be exciting but also mind-boggling. For this reason, it’s important to listen to oneself -to really listen to oneself- and, above all, to respect oneself.
Remember that you are the only person who can know what you need.




12 thoughts on “The Freedom To Live

  1. It’s good to know that things are slowly getting back to normal but spending more than a year indoors definitely changes most of us in some ways. I’m glad that we can go out more now though I think the habit of wearing masks and having social distance is something I’ll still do.

  2. I have been going out and about, as things open back up, but it has been a challenge. I feel like a lot of the world is going to pretend that nothing ever happened really, but a year and a half in doors does a damage.

  3. Change is a good thing. The past year and a half has been so tough. I think a lot of us have changed during that time, and it is good to use it for the better.

  4. I’m happy things are starting to open again but I’m also concerned because there are so many people over here who simply don’t care. They don’t want to get the vaccine and they don’t want to follow guidelines for the good of the people.

  5. It has taken a lot of re-adjustment on all of our parts, however, seeing things get back to normal and seeing how that is changing most of us in a positive way is very reassuring.

  6. I am excited that things are opening up again. It’s been a long year! I appreciate the part about changing like a snake changes it’s skin. I’ve taken a lot of this time to work on myself and relate to it. Not to be a snake but I’ve definitely shedded some skin.

  7. I really love this post. I think we’re all going to have to learn how to live again. We’ve been so cooped up for so long, we’re bound to be rusty in almost every part of being outside again.

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