When you pause, you see clearer.
Covid-19 did pause the whole world, and people were forced to spend more time with their family and/or with themselves. Suddenly there was more space for different thoughts and emotions to pop up. Quite often these ”new” thoughts and emotions are familiar to us but we have been able to hide them by running from one task to another, performing our lives and following the expectations, without questioning whose expectations those actually are? For some, this has been quite difficult time because they are not so willing to give the freedom for these thoughts and emotions to be exposed, to be heard and listened. It could be so that these emotions might not be the most pleasant, positive or joyful ones, and without having the capability, the tools on how to face them, they can create behavior which in the worst case scenario can be seen as family violence.
I believe that all the horrible behavior in the world is in the end due to anxiety of people who have not been able to express themselves as who they truly are and not been able to create and work on what they are sincerely passionate about. Some might argue that not everyone can do what they would really love to do? How could the society and the economy survive if everybody would start on making their dreams come true? But do we need the society to exist like it is now, really?
The robotics, automation and AI will replace many autonomous jobs within next few years and those people will loose their jobs, but is it a tragedy or a blessing?
Within my career I have witnessed over and over again how people burn out, loose their health, their ability to function due to these inner conflicts of not living the life that would match to their genuine desires and it seems that the final drop down comes from the suffering caused by the thought that they feel powerless to change how things are. It sounds crazy but people are more willing to risk their lives than take the true ownership, the CEO position, where they could set new direction, make the necessary changes and redesign their lives to match their conscious or unconscious blueprint.
My sincere wish is that we would not just settle and return back to the way things were, but we would really use this opportunity to explore ourselves, our ways of working, questioning the alternatives, playing with new ideas, and make them real. Sometimes it needs trial and error, but how could you now if you don’t even try? As my mentor who I follow, Tony Robbins says ”It’s not the conditions that shapes our lives most, it’s the decisions”. Make new decisions, but don't make them based on fear, redesign your habits, your life, to match better to what you truly want, and experience deep passion, joy and happiness that you deserve.
One journey, make it special.