What’s important, I think, is to use this pause as an opportunity to reflect on how you can live your life now, in this new world – and don’t be mistaken, it is a new world – in a way that is more in-tune with who you are.
It’s about noticing. Noticing what’s been working for you, and what hasn’t. It’s about learning how to give someone a meaningful “no”, or a meaningful “yes”. When we’re invited to social events, we often feel pressure to say yes; to go along with the crowd. We can feel as though unless we have a good and valid excuse, that we’re obligated to go.
But you are allowed to say “no” simply because you would rather spend the time alone, or by doing something different. You are allowed to say “no” because the social event in question doesn’t fit with how you like to socialise – perhaps there’ll be too many people, it’ll be too crowded, too hot, too noisy, or you’re just too tired. You can say no, without feeling guilt.
By the same token, when you say “yes”, try and do it fully. Say “yes” because you mean it, and because you want to go, and you want to be a part of this occasion. Say “yes” because it aligns with who you are, where you want to be, and how you want to feel.