When the COVID-19 pandemic brought normal life to a screeching halt, it came as a shock to many. For Miranda Lambert, it provided her a valuable lesson that she had yet to experience in her life.
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“In turn it taught a lot of us that have been on the grind for 20 years that like, ‘Oh, there’s life out there? What do you mean, ‘not working’?” Lambert said. “It’s been a good lesson the last couple years, of forced balance.”
Lambert had the opportunity to spend more time at home with her husband Brendan McLoughlin. “For me, it was like, ‘Alright, my tour is canceled, so now I’m going to paint, I guess.’ Or, my husband’s going to make bread and I’m just going to sit there and watch,” Lambert said.
“It’s very calming,” she said of the experience. “It brought it back to super simple and I had never had that before in my adult life.”
Lambert is gearing up to hit the road with Little Big Town for a lengthy 2022 tour. While the threat of COVID-19 is still out there, especially with the Omicron variant, Lambert is at peace with the fact that she’s not in control over it.
“ For all those people who are planners like me, I have to really find my inner Zen,” she said. “This is not in your control.”
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