Updated: Apr 2, 2020
Tonight I wrote myself a permission slip.
“Dear life...I give Catherine the permission to...” Why? because we all need a little permission. Especially during a pandemic (I mean, this is really my “first” pandemic but I’m going out on a limb and saying it applies). I suspect that social scientists to come will learn from this global experience and if I was betting, my money would be that those who thrive during this time are the ones who give themselves the permission to ... (fill in the blank)... When we give ourselves permission we take off the pressure. We allow ourselves to be kind and compassionate to our own needs - and those of others. We give ourselves a dam break when we need it most. I have decided there’s a few more to add to my slip and the most important is “make a new list at any moment”. So what’s your permission list gonna say? I’d love to see them.