We often find ourselves in a place where we can not simply keep doing what is "normal" and are forced to choose a new direction......or at least a new action.
I feel fortunate that throughout my life, there have not been too many situations that demanded I take a detour from the usual course. For most, if not all, life is happiest when we face the least amount of friction. Friction can hurt!! My childhood skating scars are proof of the pain of life's physical friction.
Putting the physical aspect of friction and evolution aside, let's talk about mental evolution.
I absolutely love and have used a quote many times in my adult life...
Necessity is the mother of invention - Plato
Now, I know that this quote's immediate meaning relates to the invention of physical products. BUT, if you think about it, when you are stuck or are challenged to solve a problem, your mind is the first thing that has to adapt and evolve to be able to start problem-solving.
As every one of us is different, so are the ways in which we change, adapt and process what we are dealing with.
Since July 2019, I was faced with some of the biggest challenges I have ever needed to face. It started with a career challenge, and of course, a change in career or employment can rarely change without affecting the other aspects of your life. It was only a matter of time before the work/life dilemma became all-encompassing for me. With a two-decade-long career in a steadily declining industry, and no local opportunities for employment, the emotions were high, and the thoughts were dire.
Using every resource I could think of, I spent the first few months of unemployment, developing a new business start-up.
My career had gone from a 9 to a 0 (0 being the least and 10 being the highest), but my mind and business ambitions were still hovering at a 10. As grand as that is, you need seriously deep pockets or know someone who does (and is incredibly generous) to pull it off. The chance of success is highly unlikely.
Now please don’t get me wrong. I do not discourage this sort of dreaming and ambition. It's what fuels growth and passion.
Still, having experienced it and learnt some serious lessons, I now think about all the other things I could have done with that time.
My initial start-up “failure” has turned out to be a necessary step in how my mind needed to evolve.
Now, add the latest COVID-19 situation to an already lengthy period of unemployment, what do you have? The answer could be different depending on who it is affecting.
To be continued…