Although I’m sure it doesn’t need to be stated again, here it goes: 2020 has been one for the books and has sucked in many ways. I never want to wish time away (it goes quickly enough), however, December 31st can arrive at any time. That being said, there are some silver linings that have emerged from the chaos. Even when situations seem hopeless, there are always things to be grateful for and reasons to celebrate. So, grab your coffee, tea, wine, whiskey (or another favorite beverage), hang with me for a while and join in Celebrating the Hooray in the Delay!

Celebrating the Hooray in the Delay
photo: Haute Stock

It’s a given that everyone is impacted in one or more ways from the virus. From illness, financial woes, and stress from being in the house 24×7 with other family members, to anxiety, becoming a teacher, fear of the unknown, and more, its been rough. I continuously pray that relief from all of these happens quickly. This post doesn’t diminish or dismiss these negative aspects of the times; we’re simply putting aside those negativities for a moment and focusing on the positives that have blossomed.

The Delay

Of course, we are eagerly awaiting the re-opening of our towns & country, but there is something to be said for the delay.  (Click here for more on living in joy).

photo: Karen Sellers

There are documented accounts from holocaust survivors as to how they kept their hope alive. They would envision times of celebration: birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations, weddings and other events. Any moments of happiness and joy they could think of–they would cling to tightly. If celebrations were able to provide hope in those extremely grave & horrific circumstances, perhaps they work for us.

For many, there is a delay in: school, proms, graduations, baptisms, celebrations of life, weddings, birthday parties and countless other events. As a result, there is also disappointment, heartache, sadness and despair. But wait: there is also much joy to be found! Students–you are in a unique situation and have the opportunity to use the current situation to your advantage. You are starting your adult lives in a way most others never have or never will. There is power (and joy) in this. And that’s worth celebrating–hooray!

Remembering some of the words from former President Obama’s commencement address to H.B.C.U and his Graduate Together address:

Graduating [college] is a big achievement under any circumstances. And so many of you overcame a lot to get here.  You navigated challenging classes, and challenges outside the classroom.

…What is new is that so much of your generation has woken up to the fact that the status quo needs fixing; that the old ways of doing things don’t work…

If the world is going to get better, it’s going to be up to you. With everything suddenly feeling like it’s up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative.  Nobody can tell you anymore that you should be waiting your turn.  Nobody can tell you anymore “this is how it’s always been done.”  More now than ever, this is your moment–your generation’s world to shape.

In taking on this responsibility, I hope you are bold.  I hope you have a vision that isn’t clouded by cynicism or fear.

Don’t be afraid. Do what is right [not easy].  Build a community. Celebrating the Hooray in the Delay!

Using the Time Wisely

Young adults–you have the world at your fingertips. Use this time to create or enhance your vision, goals, dreams. Network on LinkedIn, help in your community, study the political world and understand how we got here; what changes can you make? Click on the links if you need help creating Vision Boards or how to use LinkedIn.

If you’ve lost your job and aren’t certain if you’lll be able to return, maybe now is the time to take stock of your career. Do you want to stay in the same field? Can you use this time to enhance your skill set or learn something new? If you have been wanting to take the leap but are uncertain how to begin, contact my dear friend Tanya at Impart Clarity. She can help you gain the clarity needed to take the next steps in your career journey. Celebrating the Hooray in the Delay!

So what else can we celebrate?

The Visible Hooray

photo: Karen Sellers
  • the air is cleaner
  • sounds of nature are more clear due to less traffic
  • families are spending more time together
  • our creativity has been unleashed (Don’t you love the crafts, projects, games, & videos people post?)
  • we have learned just how flexible & adaptable we can be
  • simpler is often better
  • we can make do without a lot of “stuff”
  • skin, nails, hair are healthier than ever
  • banana bread seems to be the big hit in many families
  • learning new skills

The Invisible Hooray

  • the calming peace from meditation
  • joy in the memories created with family
  • an open heart as we help within our communities
  • a stronger sense of our faith as we work to worship in new ways
  • a mind full of new ideas (have you been working on the book you’ve wanted to write or learning to cook a new meal?)
  • the complete bliss in staying in pj’s now and then, not shaving or no makeup
  • a baby or child’s giggles or laughter; I’m not certain there are enough adjectives for that feeling
  • hearts & souls filled with gratitude for good health or those in recovery

Celebrating the Hooray in the Delay!

We must keep in mind that this crazy year is not the end of our dreams, goals and visions; it’s simply a delay. If we’re using the time wisely, we can perhaps create an even better one than we are living or that we’ve dreamed of. Delays are not D.O.As. Repeat that again! Rather than letting anxiety and fear take over, use this time to re-evaluate and renew. Appreciate everything you have gained by the 2020 Delay. Your best life is just around the corner–the wait will be worth it!

photo: Haute Stock

How will you be Celebrating the Hooray in the Delay?