>Our Own Worlds<

A Speculative Fiction Community for Independent Writers & Readers

The New Normal, or a Temporary Thing?

2 min read

by Sarah Buhrman

I’m writing. It’s part of my new normal.

I’m an author. It’s (supposedly) what I do. Usually, I’m caught up in the minutia of articles, marketing, etc. to get a lot of writing done. And, right now, I also coordinate my two kids’ chores, activity and schoolwork, as well as my hubby’s work and errand running. (Since he already has to be out and about, he might as well grab groceries, etc.)

The Dark Spiral of Thoughts

However, as I write about my characters, they go to the store, the laundromat, with friends to bars. I find myself wondering – will this be how people behave going forward? Or have we suddenly found ourselves in a new normal, a bubble-like existence?

Should I rethink my series (set in the contemporary U.S.)? Should I start thinking of ideas for characters in quarantine? Will we ever get out of this?

Okay, okay. That’s completely hyperbolic. Even the worst-case scenario thus far only has us in on-again-off-again quarantine for a little under two years. Yeah, that would be life-changing, but nothing to rewrite “basic living” for.

Change is Freaky and Often Unkind

It’s kind of scary how quickly our lives get shaken like a snow-globe. It’s also fascinating how often those situations change US but don’t really change LIFE. Like, our whole lives get ripped out from under us because of weather (hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, fire), and, a few months later, we’ve gained our feet. We may not be where we were or where we thought/hoped we’d be, but we have a new normal.

Change is a part of life, and the biggest changes are ones we usually don’t plan for or approve of. Things literally happen to us (and no amount of positive thinking will change that fact).

But we are so resilient. We adapt to the new situation. Yeah, sometimes we have mental baggage from traumatic changes, but we still manage to function in some way.

A Toast
Tropospheric NO2 over China this year (top) and a year ago (bottom) https://www.aeronomie.be/sites/default/files/inline-images/Persbericht-afbeelding1-2-ext-EN_1.png
Tropospheric NO2 over China this year (top) and a year ago (bottom) https://www.aeronomie.be/sites/default/files/inline-images/Persbericht-afbeelding1-2-ext-EN_1.png

So let’s raise a socially distanced cup of whatever you’re drinking to the radical adaptability of this human species. Take care of yourselves, emotionally and physically, the best you can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

And let’s learn from the radical environmental changes we are seeing (China’s air pollution, etc.) and the social problems that are being highlighted so we can do better. Let’s adjust our normal to a better new normal.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to our comment section! Please note that we expect you to be civil and respectful of other people. Comments that add to the discussion are welcome; sales pitches, personal attacks, or other rude behaviour are not. You are in our house, and we ask that you conduct yourself with the appropriate level of decorum while you are here. Thank you!