I went into the wild today, down into our town to run a couple errands. In one major retailer I was only one of three customers. We all ended up checking out at the same time and discussed how nice it felt to be out of the house and how creepy it felt to be the only one for miles. The isolation isn’t necessarily difficult it simply pushes our limits further than we knew was possible.
Misty Copeland was the first African American ballet dancer to be promoted to principal in over seventy-five years. Talk about someone who knows about the power of a support system. Her quote reminds us that we can’t get there without people around us to help us conquer the trails and puddles along our journey. No one ever accomplished anything alone, if they tried they didn’t get very far. We all haves skills, but that doesn’t mean we have all skills. Our lives are made better when we give our strengths to those who need them and vice versa.
So what does Misty Copeland have to do with talking to strangers at the grocery store? All of my conversations were about people, who was helping whom, and how everyone was pulling together. Whether it is a prima ballerina or people trying to find household goods, we all need support and help to get through it all. Which also means we have to be open to help, be willing to ask for help, and sometimes throw up our hands and surrender and let someone else do what they do best. No one is perfect, no one can survive alone, and no one lives the perfect life. We all need help.
This social distancing may last a while, and it may end soon. None of us really knows. What I do know is that the days where there is someone to help get through what ever needs to be gotten through makes it go much better. First we need to be those people, then we need to give our own efforts to those who will need our help in the future. Ballerinas and grocery store customers all need people and support.