The deadly coronavirus has ravaged governments and economies across the world, leaving uncertainty for perhaps quite literally billions of people all over the globe. Even more so, many are feeling the sting of COVID-19 individually and personally. Addicts are relapsing at increasing rates, and mental health issues are on the rise. Families are being tested to their limits, and businesses along with livelihoods have been destroyed. Even those who still have jobs are beginning to question their self-worth and the relevance of their position.
People across are the world who have been trapped in limbo since COVID-19 began are beginning to question their identities and the greater purpose they serve, if there even is one. Let's face it, we've all had time to think, and for many, this has led to us to many questions. "Who am I?" "What is my purpose?" What's next?" are just a few burning in the minds of many.
As you find yourself questioning if anything before was worth it it's important for us to allow ourselves to experience triumph in times of tragedy. Don't think of this as a time that you've lost everything, including your mind. Think of it as a time of new beginnings and an opportunity to reinvent yourself.
Here are some paths to consider to help you towards reinventing yourself:
1.Explore the Gig Economy
Millions and millions of people are unhappy with their work. Traditional 9-5 jobs at the office or the plant just aren't cutting it anymore. The life of an entrepreneur may not be for you, but that doesn't mean you can't be your own boss. Starting a business from scratch is expensive and requires a team and a host of advanced business skills. If you're not ready to go into business for yourself, you should consider a job in the gig economy. What can you do? Can you write, design websites, do something creative? (Etsy perhaps?), drive people around, deliver food and groceries? Teach something online? These are just a few jobs you can do on your computer or through an app on your phone. You create your own schedule, and may even find yourself making more money at a more fulfilling job.
Driving for companies such as Uber is one famous way that many are working within the gig economy, but there are also other countless apps and websites out there. How about Task Rabbit? You could make money on your phone cleaning, driving, delivering food, and even massages and other health and beauty services (such as with apps such as Urban Massage..who we love by the way) and much more. If you have digital skills and services to offer like design, illistration, music, or data entry, you might also try gig economy websites like Upwork and Fiverr.
2.Volunteer in The Community (Including mentoring)
Volunteering in the community is a great way to develop a sense of purpose and connectedness, and research has shown that people who volunteer are less likely to experience mental health issues like depression later in life. It's a great way to connect with others, develop new friendships, engage in fulfilling activities, and establish a sense of purpose and belonging. In addition to the many intrinsic benefits and ethical reasons to volunteer, Forbes reports it carries many personal benefits as well.
Volunteering is a great way to develop yourself professionally, as well. It allows you to network, develop new skills, and improve existing ones, and it's a great resume builder. It also may be a great way to improve your overall health and well-being.
Get involved with something this year, and you may be surprised to discover a new you.
3.Improve Yourself Through Learning
One of the best ways to keep our minds sharp as we head into our older years is to always continue learning. Learning is also a great way to not only develop yourself personally and professionally, but it allows you to experience a deeper sense of purpose in life. There are many free and low-cost ways to learn online. There's no reason we can't develop new skills or absorb new knowledge. Free Apps on your phone make it easier than ever to learn new languages. With Kindle books, you can store a library on your phone. Low-cost programs like the Great Courses Plus and Udemy allow you to enjoy online courses and even take advantage of free college course materials and professional lectures. Cherry For your thoughts will also be launching a learn something new section so watch this space.
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If all else fails, you have thousands of well-written articles at your fingertips and instructional videos available throughout the internet. There is no reason you can't learn something new and enrich yourself with knowledge. How about learning a new language or even an instrument?
4. Focus on your health
Go to that gym you signed up for but never got to use, unified yourself with the road and just run... feel the wind in your skin and run, Sign up to a fitness class, hire a personal trainer, get excited about Yoga again or a spin class, go for a bike ride or a walk, Eat healthy and get your family involved too. Focus on your health because its the one thing in the world that matters in the end and when I say health I mean both physical and metal, It is ok to seek mental health help too as we've lived through a tough situation. Life can be tough as it ifor some of us, add in Covid and you have a recipe for disaster.
5. Make More Time For What (Or Who) Matters Most
One of the things that COVID-19 is doing for millions across the globe is giving us a chance to put things in perspective. Millions of families across the world, for instance, have been forced to stay home with their partner and the kids during the quarantine. Millions have decided they enjoy it so much that they might home school their children full-time.
What do you enjoy? What makes you happy? It might not be homeschooling the kids, but how can you make more time for the family and the things and people in your life that matter? At the end of the day, when we're all beyond old and tired, we won't be asking the questions we focus on in life. We won't be asking how big the bank account is or how nice the car you have is. The last thought is not going to be about your last stock trade or your final big career move.
We're going to ask, "Was I there for the people who mattered most?" we're going to ask, "What will they remember about me when I'm gone"
A lesson for us All to Consider
The biggest question to answer as we come out of this global pandemic is what matters most to you? One great way to begin this thought process is by writing two lists each day:
1. What things am I most grateful for today?
2. What things do I want out of my life tomorrow?"
We should all keep this in mind as we seek to reinvent ourselves and overcome this pandemic.