How Being a Motherless Daughter Helped Me Adapt to a Pandemic

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin, English naturalist, geologist and biologist

As an eight-year-old who suddenly found herself without a mother, I adapted. I got to know my dad, learned to accept my motherless status, became independent and resourceful. 

Like my early days as a motherless child, I was miserable during the first few months after my life was hijacked by a world-wide pandemic in 2020. I told myself, however, that because I had learned resilience and adaptability at an early age and beyond, I had the tools to move forward. I had faith that I would rebound.

Nearly a year later, have I loved staying at home, not seeing my kids and grands, not visiting with friends or eating food cooked by others? No! Have I adapted to my new-normal and found interesting and creative ways to “do” life? Yes. My early days of learning how to adapt are serving me well and I’m beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s all hang in there!!

Affirmation: I know how to adapt to change.

Coaching questions: How high is your adaptability quotient? What have your past life experiences taught you about resilience? How have you adapted to life in a pandemic? 

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