Isolation has become a shared experience

by Dani Trudeau

It has been an emotion a minute for me for the past few weeks but now I’m starting to feel a welcomed sense of acceptance the last couple of days. I was scrambling bit time in the beginning, desperate to ensure our survival. Beyond my copious spreadsheets, applications, research and conversations, a big part of Tribe’s survival is its community and this pandemic has brought out the best in us. We have had each other’s backs, offered support and showed up for one another. I have had an overwhelming number of emails and messages of support and everyone who has been able to support Tribe, has committed to doing so. This is incredible and we are all so lucky to have one another. A big thank you to everyone for being so great. It feels good that we are in this for the long game.

I really like the way Mark Manson writes about the current times and what is normal,  “… human reactions to these crises are also quite normal. Social distancing has historically produced protests and political backlash from those whose livelihoods become threatened. Economic crises have invited intense government intervention, generating widespread inequality and political outrage. Even the complaints that everyone is overreacting—nothing to see here, see, hardly anyone even died—are not only common, but practically universal.

This isn’t the “new” normal. This is just normal. Incredibly normal. As are our responses to it. We are maddeningly unoriginal in our experience right now.

But as long as our expectations are confined to our tiny individual bubbles of experience, and our focus only looks a couple years into our past or future, then we’ll feel perpetually sad and/or angry at having been robbed of our imaginary “normal.”

Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that the moral arc of history is long but it bends towards justice. This is true about human progress in general.”