So after a little bit of influencing via my friend V (remember her? She’s visiting me! Read about our previous adventures here (NYC Part 1) here (NYC Part 2), and here), I downloaded this app called “The Pattern”. Essentially, it is an in-depth personality and compatibility app that uses basic astrology (via the date, time and location of your birth) to give insight to the patterns (what I would call seasons) on your life. While I’m not much of an astrology gal myself and tend to take horoscopes and the like with a grain of salt, I decided to give it a shot just to see what it was all about.
My initial reaction? Strangely accurate and applicable.
Reading through the patterns, I could clearly see how most of them applied to my life both today in this moment, but also throughout 2020 thus far (especially in the timing of the “Career & Home” one). Just like any personality test, it has its over-generalizations and bits and pieces that I don’t currently find applicable, but interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless.
I don’t want this blog post to sound like I’m spewing off an ad for The Pattern, so let’s pivot.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I think these last few weeks (& months…and 2020 in general), has given us all an exorbitant amount of time to watch the world around us and reflect. Between watching an international pandemic unfold and seeing how different countries, governments, and the population both react to and handle its’ effects, to coming face-to-face with the reality of police brutality in the United States, that all lives don’t matter until Black lives matter, and a public health crises that has turned more political than is safe or healthy for everyone involved, I think it is safe to say we’ve all had a lot of think and reflect upon. Personally, I know I’ve been asking myself the questions of, “How does [xyz event] challenge my previously held beliefs?”, “How do my values affect the lenses I wear in seeing [xyz event] unfold?”, & “How can I be more fully educated on this topic, seeing as many sides as possible, while maintaining what I believe to be true and respecting other’s differing opinions?”.
These aren’t questions I answer immediately after I ask them to myself; these are questions that I allow myself the time, energy, and space to reflect upon, keeping the truth that I don’t need to perfectly know all the answers to them nor (or ever). All this to say, asking myself these questions allows me to deeply evaluate how my worldview, values, and the timing of my life intertwines and intercedes with that of the world. By reflecting on both the patterns of my life and those that are present in the world (trying to bring it full circle here), I challenge myself to be a diverse thinker while searching for the light in a time, place, and society that feels increasingly dark. We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world, but that doesn’t mean we are doomed – with some honest to goodness time spent reflecting, learning, and listening, I believe we can all make big and beautiful changes to the communities in which we live. Small changes are still changes. One voice is still a voice. Let’s be change makers.
Until next time,