1st November 2022, elections again in Israel, a right-wing, nationalistic, clerical coalition seems to be our destiny of governance for the next four years. I was depressed for a while. However, my father, 94 years old, kept his optimism; this too shall pass, he told me on our daily phone call following election day. If you are depressed, he went on, how will you bring the light to the dark hovering in our near future? You must thrive beyond circumstances to create a better life for yourself and those around you.
I used to belong to that particular club of people who thrive beyond daily reality and create new realities for themselves and others. I can do this, I thought. At the same time, wondering if the soul, like the body, loses metabolic efficiency with age. Hopefully not; judging by how my father handles life, this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Life changes when you let it. It took me a day, decidedly not too much, to get back on track and come back here to writing. However, the last few days have given me some food for thought. I realized that every day is a potentially blank slate where you can set your intentions and start anew. Give yourself a restart, as you do to electronic devices that “have lost it” for a while.
So this morning, two days after the elections, I went out for a 5k run; it was easy, for a change. Something in me was determined to make things work despite circumstances. Here I am writing about it 🙂 Keeping the power to navigate my life as I please seemed to matter most this morning. Cherishing the freedom to choose and implement my way of living in this country became my priority of the day.