I need not remind anyone that a year and a half ago, we were all still in the middle of a global pandemic. That time will be forever seared into the collective consciousness of all of us forever. It was a time like nothing any of us have ever experienced, a time filled with so much fear - fear of falling ill, of losing our jobs, our homes, our connections with friends and family. And for all of us, this period of time was certainly the greate equalizer
But this period of time more than anything has certainly been the great equalizer. There is simply no one unaffected.
I was fortunate to be to connected with my people throughout that time but like so many others even so, the weight of it all left me feeling drained and in need of a reconnection with myself.
Though I’ve been fortunate to still connect with people throughout this time, what I needed most was a reconnection with myself and my own body- my version of wellness, or better yet, being well. I’ve always found that achieved best by seeing different parts of the world, and connecting with people who live very different lives than my own. The truth is, I live in, and witness, a very privileged bubble every day. But this period of time more than anything has certainly been the great equalizer. There is simply no one unaffected.
When a friend suggested the beautiful island of Kefalonia as a place to visit, I couldn’t have imagined the mind-blowing beauty that awaited me, and all the new friends who I would meet, and the (sometimes scary) adventures I would take. The trip itself was very difficult to plan, and there were moments I thought it wouldn’t happen at all. But wow, I’m just so glad I went, in spite of all the fear of the unknown.
I’m even more happy that the fearless woman I used to be is still tucked away in there. I hope to bring a little bit of her home with me- true wellness in action. Ciao for now beautiful Kefalonia! Back to work I go....
Photo by Matt Gross for The New York Times