Updated: May 24
If someone had asked you in 2015, where do you see yourself in 5 years? What would you have said? I think we would have all had a different picture than what we are currently facing. I think that we can all agree that this year is not what anyone envisioned. Sitting at home for uhh? How long was the hard lockdown again?
Everyone I’ve come across has said this season has been exhausting – whether you are young or old, fear has crept in. In a country like ours where the unemployment rate is 30% - how does one stay hopeful and positive? My one friend who has been tirelessly looking for a job said that, “you keep going.” We have to keep going, we have to find something within us that will keep us going, there’s always some form of beauty to be found in every hardship. Be proactive in your search for work – be sure that you know how what you studied will bring value to any company that you want to work for. Networking is also a great way to find work – put yourself out there, you will never know unless you give it a try. Find ways to work on improving the skills you acquired during your years at university. I think that it’s also very important not to limit ourselves to one specific career, we have our lives to pursue whatever we want to pursue, you will never know what you will learn by going for a completely different career.
Where did all the good go?
As an individual who always tries to look for the good in every situation – the pandemic may have taken a lot but it’s given me perspective. Perspective to live in the moment. Living in the moment for me means to be present in the now, as humans we often think that tomorrow might be better, but what if it isn’t? This reminds of a poem written by anonymous, I tried to find the author but I had no luck.
"At first I was dying to grow up and go to high school
Then I was dying to finish high school and go to college
Then I was dying to finish college and start working
Then I was dying to get married and have children
Then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I can go back to work
Then I was dying to retire
And now I am dying
And I suddenly realized
I forgot to live…"
I love this poem because I feel like so many of us can resonate with it. We are often in so much of a rush to get things done. I remember being in university and just thinking to myself that I can not wait until I have “independence”. Well and then, March came, lockdown began and life was never the same. I have at many times just found myself wondering, is this it? Is this what "adulting" and work looks like? Is there more? I wish I had the answers, but I am still figuring it all out as I go. However, I am living in the moment, being patient with myself, allowing myself to make mistakes and learn from them. I am being present in the now and not in the future.