I am one of those relentlessly optimistic people. In the bleakest times I have always remained hopeful. Things will get better. I have always known that. It’s tattooed in the core of my being. It’s the cornerstone of my resilience – how I survived a childhood marred by domestic violence. Even at it’s worst I chose to believe that things would change. And they did – my father died, and my life got better. That’s pretty fucking awesome confirmation from the universe of your mindset. Although part of me always wondered if my positive mindset killed my dad.
In the mindset/beverage analogy, my glass is always half full (probably why I drink too much). Being a positive person in a COVID-19 affected world is quite a challenge because things keep going to shit and I think, oh well it won’t be that bad. And then it gets a bit more shit, and I think: it will be over soon. And then it’s not. For positively framed people like myself COVID threatens to disrupt my world view. Could my mindset be broken? Are we forsaken? Is all hope lost? Is the government really trying to control us? Is Bill Gates really trying to eliminate 15 per cent of the population with a vaccine? Is the vaccine just a 5G chip? Is the whole novel coronavirus thing just a scam to up the price on rescue dogs? And what breed exactly is a sheeple?
Forget the conspiracies, and the health impacts, there’s something far worse! This corona thing is a major mojo disruptor. Until Mr Putin comes galloping forward to save the world, bare chested, with his vaccine. Or perhaps the Oxford October release will save us. Not that anyone around here will be lining up for the vaccine. We have a ‘whooping cough season’. Now, I guess, we are going to have a ‘coronavirus’ season as well. I don’t believe in unified elite evil forces out to destroy ‘us’. I just can’t live believing that deep down people are evil. It seems to me to be a darkly suspicious mindset that positions us as enemies of each other. I believe that even in the darkest times, in the worst of days, that eventually good will prevail. Naive? Perhaps. But why would you choose to think otherwise? Do we need some serious mindset reset?
I suggest regular morning mojo injections. Also known as a sunrise. I don’t believe in god, but if I did, I would be very impressed by this daily re-imagining of hope. Every morning, when I walk the beach, I am greeted with the same show. It’s simple, but effective, and as a performer it reminds me that if you’ve got good schtick, then stick to it.
This is what happens: It’s dark on arrival. The darkness for me symbolises the uncertainty – the sense of bleakness and loss. And then, we start to see a glimmer. A cloud will catch a little shimmer. Slowly, right before your eyes, things will change. The light is coming. In this show, the light is hope. It’s having another crack. It’s the potential for change. But it’s not there yet… it gathers momentum – and then pop, the sun bursts up from the sea – a bright burning orb! The clouds rejoice, and god, or Bill Gates, or whoever orchestrates that impressive morning show fucks off for another 24 hours.
This is my favourite time of day. There’s this softness that exists between light and dark. If ever there was the potential for magic, this is where it would happen – in the changeover. This is where my belief is reborn. This very ordinary daily re-imagining. Every sunrise is like a thumbprint – it’s unique. Every new day, in its repetitive mundanity, has the potential to be different to the last. It’s that simple. That is the landscape of human hope. Optimism restored. Just don’t look at Facebook.
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