If we have learned anything in the last 18 months, it's that the old normal wasn’t good enough — it wasn’t working. In a lot of ways, the pandemic just brought into focus problems that have been growing for a very long time, whether it’s widening economic inequality, the lack of adequate mental health care support, the obesity and health crisis or the divisions and dysfunction that plague our education system.
These shocks to the system that we are seeing right now — they remind us that we can’t take things for granted, that we have to work to make things better. They also remind us that our individual well-being depends on the well-being of the community that we live in, and that it doesn’t matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick. It reminds us that our communities can only function when we think not just about ourselves, but also about each other.
So as scary and uncertain as these times may be, they are also a wake-up call, and they are an incredible opportunity. Because you don’t have to accept what was considered normal before. You don’t have to accept the world as it is. You can make it into the world as it should be and could be. You can create a new normal, one that is fairer, and gives everyone opportunity, and treats everyone equally, and builds bridges between people instead of dividing them. We can emerge from our current circumstances stronger than before. Better than before.
But, as has always been true at key moments in history, it’s going to depend on people just like you.
At The Owl Pod Foundation, we are taking charge of the future of our communities. With homeschool based academic programs, free mental health support from licensed Doctors in Alberta and continued medical education for Health Care Practioners - we are fueling The Owl Pod Dream Catchers, a Not For Profit that supports terminally ill children and their families.
Join us in Dreaming Bigger. Because the world doesn't happen to you. You happen to it.