It's been a while since we've had in-person classes. People have asked when we'll go back to normal. Honestly, I think we should look not to going back, but to going forward.
I hesitate to say new normal.. That term has been tossed around so much it's just a tired cliché. We're learning and growing and changing every single day. We always have been, and we always should be. We go forward. Never back. Whether we go back home, or go back to a place we've been. We might go again, but never back. It's semantics, I know, but hear me out.
It's a Zen concept - we never go back because nothing is ever the same. We can go home again, but we can't go back home. Home is not like it was when we left. It's changed. We've changed. And that's okay. In fact, it’s better.
When we go back in our knitting, we're not actually going back. We are moving forward again with the same yarn, but we bring a new understanding of what to do - or what not to do.
We might say we go back to a project that frustrated us some months ago, but we are actually going forward with that project, armed with the skills and experience we lacked before.
For the shop, the idea of going back to normal would mean stopping the fun things we started doing last year. It would mean abandoning knitters from far away who found our community when we reached out. It would mean neglecting those who can’t make it to an in-person class. Many things we’ve done and offerings we’ve implemented would disappear if we went back to normal.
This is the path forward – a path of growth, of flourishing, and a journey to whatever is next.
Thank your being on this journey with me, because on any journey it’s who you walk with that matters most.
Whether in the shop and around the table, or online and around the virtual table, you are always welcome here.
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