It is a year since our worlds turned upside down. The effects of this global crisis has spread deep and wide. However, we now have a roadmap that may lead to a return to some semblance of normality.
All of us have had to adapt to many changes in the once- normal way of living our lives. In fact we have withdrawn to a very large extent from family , friends and workplace colleagues. Sadly some of them may have lost their lives during the pandemic. There have been many fractured relationships.
We have resorted to virtual communication by phone or Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. Sometimes we actually learn about news and changes through social media such as Facebook. In some cases this has meant huge adjustments to our use of technology – steep learning curves. Especially for techno dinosaurs like myself and some of the older generation.
There have been some advantages to working from home. Less commute times and pressures of meetings and conversations. Together with this has come a disconnect from the reality of a workplace and regular communication with colleagues and in some circumstances with clients and customers. Some people have been furloughed, sadly some have lost their jobs or had businesses fold. Mental health has undoubtedly suffered. We mourn all these losses and grieve for those who have sadly died.
Some of these things may have happened before Covid-19, but the volume of people affected and the global effects across countries, generations and work groups is huge. It has affected children, students and adults, and each have reacted in different ways. The speed in which we were taken from freedom to lockdown gave little time for adjustment. Changes happened without real preparation or time to process. There was an uncertainty of how long or how intense the adjustments would last.
False hope came in Summer with restrictions being lifted and government measures to start the economy again – such as Eat out to Help out. The weather improved our moods and gave us more hope. Holidays went ahead and we were lulled into a false sense of security. Schools went back and something similar to normal seemed to happen. Then not entirely unexpectedly, it all kicked off again.
So we are where we are now?
How are we going to move forward, make changes and rebuild our lives, jobs, businesses and reconnect with family friends and colleagues? It might be scary, it might be exciting, it may even seem impossible after all we have lost. So what now? We can be fearful or we can be positive. Again Nietzsche springs to mind – “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger“.
So rather than grieving for what we have lost we could use this as a springboard to move forward.
Think Differently usually works with people wanting to make sense of their journey through life. In the current situation, more than ever, the challenge to review how we make this journey is even more poignant. If you are uncertain, anxious, worried or even confused, please get in touch so I can help you find new directions, make sense of the senseless and make new meaning in this weird world.