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An Open Letter to the Tribe in a Wild Time

March 18, 2020

Dear Sweet Tribe,

This was supposed to be the year. I could feel it for so many of us. 

A year of breakthroughs and recognition. A time of renewal and rest. In fact, those were the themes Sarah had chosen for us this year: Rest, Remain, and Renewal.

The last few weeks have been anything but though.

From natural disasters to a global pandemic, it feels like we can barely catch our breath.

And with the entire world essentially shutting down, the fear of the unknown is real.

I started to have flashbacks of being unemployed for a year and a half during the Great Recession, and the panic set in. 

I don’t have the kind of job security that some of my friends and family have. What if it all happens again? 

As dreamers, we see a world bigger and brighter than most. We’re the lucky ones — that select group of folks who chase our creativity no matter where it leads.

It’s unconventional to say the least, but friends, if we’re going to be anything in this crazy time, it better be that.

We may feel especially vulnerable right now because our businesses or dreams don’t seem like “necessities” in the economy right now, but entertainment and art are the things that sustain through any crisis. 

And what we do for the world, is needed more than ever. 

People need some relief, joy and hope. They need something to brighten these long, gloomy days.

So create. Make the video or blog series you keep talking about. Offer the online class. Learn the crazy-hard recipe you’ve been too scared to make before. Force yourself to meditate 2 times a day to get that clarity you need. Nurture YOU.

Maybe, it’ll look differently than you thought, but I promise that this time may give you things you didn’t even know you need. There may be a life-altering AHA lingering in this uncertainty.

This could be time of experimentation or even just going all in because at this point, what do we have to lose? 

We can’t control what is happening out there, but we can control what happens in here.

So, I hope you find rest in the chaos. I hope you remain steady in who you are and what you’re meant to do. And when this is all said and done, I hope this time reignites that fire deep within you that’s just been flickering.

Because I see you — we all see you — and we’re right there with you. 

Every step of the way.

This is still our year, and it’s not over yet.

Amanda Polick is a writer, book coach, creative consultant and host of Babe Cave— a podcast for thoughtful humans inspired by Virginia Woolfe’s Room of One’s Own. In everything she does, Amanda believes in connecting people to their best stories and that life is too short to not order dessert. Say hello to Amanda by visiting her website or following on Instagram @amandapolick

*photo: John Towner at Unsplash

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