Times of crisis are also the times for changes. Not planned structured changes, but changes ‘that just seem to happen’, and then somehow seem to stay afterwards.
Many have made comparisons economically between the Covid-19 effect on the world economy and the big depression in the 1920-1930s. It made me think about ‘The new deal’ for some reason. That this was what came after the big depression and from this period of big reforms and that it really is something everyone remembers from the vocabulary and history books.
Right now, in difficult Corona-times, we have this new saying floating around. I hear it pretty much everywhere. The saying about the ’new normal’.
‘Maybe this is the new normal now’ … or ‘This will likely be a part of the new normal after this pandemic is over’.
What is referred to is often how work habits have changed towards more digital meetings and working from home and/or the way we socialize in large groups. That those things have changed, maybe forever.
What I tend to really like about this, and what I hear from my angle and the way I interpret things from where I am in life – this also contains something rather beautiful. Beautiful because it shows that the mainstream crowd has decided to challenge the term NORMAL. Ok, one might say – it simply means that things will be shifting towards one way or another. But what I hear is not only this, but rather I believe it implicates and tells everyone the lesson of that what’s ’normal’ today might not be seen as ’the normal’ tomorrow. That normal is a changing concept. N o r m a l can be challenged!
This is exactly what I dream about with the name ’Our Normal’ and why we decided to work with this name to build our organisation. Because we want to show the world that there can be a new normal. That the norms are only there to be challenged! A normal distribution curve could include people’s shoe sizes or blood pressure and you will get some certain curves. Then if you look for people’s EQ or IQ you will get completely different curves. Everyone is different plots on those different curves and there is no such thing as an altogether curve of ’who’s normal’. And even it there was one – it is ever changing.
That’s why I am hopeful about those ’new normal’ speculations floating around right now. The phrase have appeared for a reason, and even if the topic which brought it up, the Covid-19, is something I believe we all agree we would have preferred to live without, I hope it at least brings us more enlightenment about ’normality’ and how we use that phrase.
Nothing is forever ’normal’.
And no one is always ’normal’.
But everyone is sometimes ’normal’.
Let every flower flourish!