NPR describes this electoral season as “strange and tumultuous.” How do we each cope with “strange and tumultuous?” Anti-racism has been a topic that has enveloped social media in 2020 and is part of this tumultuous experience for those embracing its reality for the first time. Discussing and resolving issues of racism is hard enough, but how do we do this during a pandemic in the midst of an unprecedented and surreal election season? In our Facebook group, Coming Back to Center, new members gave reasons for joining that included “wanting to improve skills,” “transform,” “empower,” and “be connected.” Fortunately, this group has not witnessed vitriol and disrespect. However, the overall impression is that people are fatigued. They are sincere, but lack energy.
It’s a comfort in 2020 that people are ready to actualize that they don’t have to accept the world as it is. They can play a part in moving forward and creating something different. I’ve spent the past few weeks reflecting further on my part in that process and on the fact that we just don’t have as much emotional bandwidth in 2020 compared to other years. Having great intentions and even hope is not always enough to sustain change. Many are experiencing fatigue and overwhelm on a deep level. Fatigue, burnout and overwhelm are prompts for slowing down and taking stock.