Even if the concept, the new normal, weren't all over the place, we would be like, "oh, yeah, that's what I've been living these past (fill in the blank). What I've come to understand is that as we age, these new normals have become pretty common occurrences. As part of the Sandwich Generation, we are all experiencing illness, loss, growth, transition, well just plain change in our lives. Whether it be for the better kind of change or not so much, a new normal begins to take root.
When my daughter left for eight months in Australia six months ago, ready as we were for this amazing adventure for her, nothing prepares you for a new normal thrust upon you like that. When the holidays rolled around, the new normal became watching Christmas movies via Skype during my evenings her next day mornings. Although we don't want a repeat this Christmas, that new normal became memories we both admit were really nice and we will always remember. What I find is that when we don't fight the changes, when we accept the bad and eventually embrace the good changes, the new normals can effortlessly and seamlessly flow in & out of our lives. No amount of happiness or sadness is forever and the new normals will come and go, rinse & repeat. Rinse with tears at times, repeat with the love and support of those around us. We are all there for each other; that is the important constant among all the change.