If you don’t want to do it, DON’T. That is if you’re actually working towards being an authentically REAL person. Sad part, a lot of people are practicing just the opposite. While we are in a time of social distancing, it’s amazing how many people are practicing personal distance. I call it personal distance. That is, the practice of being as far away from being your genuine authentic self as possible. Some people engage in relationships that encourage them to be this way. Be like your mom. Be like dad. Think like your family of origin. Fit into a mold, box, a title or position that keeps you from ever being comfortable in your own skin. Too many people are always stuck in situationships that encourage them from ever becoming close enough to themselves to ever be honest and real. They stay close to other pretenders and create false scenarios in their head, based on society or the cultures idea of perfect. Personally, I have no desire to participate in anything that makes me act in a way that dishonors my true heart and purpose in life.
I am learning that one of the main reasons so many people hate being “stuck at home” is because they have a harder time being distant from other people than they do with themselves. Be honest; When was the last time you enjoyed time alone with yourself? When was the last time you made a decision based on your own choice? When was the last time you allowed your own personal convictions to determine what you do and what you don’t do? Why do so many people need the involvement of others in a life that they’re the ones responsible for their own advancement? This time of self isolation, lockdown, quarantine should encourage us all to learn ourselves at a deeper level. Who are you? What do you want out of life? And if you can’t accomplish it on your own, I’m pretty sure that’s the reason why social distancing is so hard for you. When your identity is so wrapped up in other people’s approval, it’s hard to start thinking for yourself.
Today, make it your business to practice personal closeness as the world learns social distancing.
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2 thoughts on “Personal closeness vs social distancing”
This was so clever. I didn’t expect you to take it there. This time has definitely taught me a lot about myself, I’m sure many feel the same way! Great read, as usual!
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Hey Lauren. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. You’re so right too! This is such a learning experience. I’m learning a lot about MYSELF as well🙏🏽💕