“New Norm”

“New Norm”

It was literally overnight when the whole world was shaken! For teens everywhere, what was, isn’t anymore; what should be, ceases to exist; and just like that, our “New Norm” welcomed uninvited! What is this and who gave it permission to happen? Schools closed, no sports to watch, no teams to be a part of, no friends, no activities, just me, myself and I. This is definitely new to all of us and we don’t know when it will end, or even if it will. This is definitely a New Norm and one we have to adjust to quickly! So what are we going to do?

What Can I Do
The teens we’ve been keeping busy “doing” are now idle. So now what? Encourage them to take the extra time out of school to do something productive. Me myself and I; what can I do? First thing, is to be knowledgeable and aware of what this pandemic is and follow the CDC guidelines to protect yourself from it. Then find a way to serve. There’s something about giving to others and making their day that helps you to view things in a different light. For us, serving others has always been a way to relieve some of the pressure of everyday situations and refocus on something positive in spite of what’s going on around you. Here’s a few small ideas that can make a BIG difference in someone’s life…..

  • Do some lawn work
  • Wash your parents car
  • prepare dinner for the family
  • Check on your friend ….. facetime or Duo to see a smiling face.
  • Text everybody you know
  • Learn a hobby
  • Read a good book
  • Be creative and “think outside the box”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Feel free to make your own list and share it with others and on your social sites but just remember to give and expect nothing in return. It can be challenging to readjust to what has now become a new way of being but you got this!

Stick Together
While this is a big deal and a lot of people are overcome with fear, it’s important for us to look to God and find out what He wants us to understand while in the midst of all this? No matter what happens during this pandemic, stand by those you care about. They need you and you need them. Remember to maximize every moment and create all the memories you can. For those we know who don’t have the luxury of a loving family and a safe home, reach out to them. Sometimes the simplest of things can remind them that somebody truly cares.