Reimagining your future

Re-imagining – to reinterpret (an event, work of art, etc.) imaginatively; rethink as if from a first-time perspective. The Covid-19 outbreak has changed the world in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

Man in toxic protection carrying on with his life.

We have new words and phrases (social distancing), concepts (flattening the curve) that have entered our lives. Public Health Authorities have been both criticized one minute and  applauded the next.

The same with governments. We’ve seen dramatic improvements in pollution and the destruction of people’s financial futures. We haven’t seen or felt the full extent of the ramifications yet, but we will. We know that the financial and social impact is going to be significant, possibly more so, than in any experience in the last 80 years.

Some have given freely, some have prospered at other’s expense, for many, fear has paralyzed their lives and for other’s apathy, ignorance, ego and bravado may have likely added to society’s misery.

So far, this pandemic outbreak has been an interesting ride – unprecedented in our lifetimes and yet, as we’re beginning to hear and understand, very likely not the last.

While writing this (April 2002), we have no idea what will happen, but we do know that the financial and social impact will be felt by the next generation, just as the banking crisis of 2008 changed society forever. Indeed, 2008 was a strong driver of the continued erosion of manufacture and the middle classes in society.

Many are worrying how they will cope post covid-19. Most didn’t see this coming and were caught totally unprepared in either direction or financial security – they now know that they will pay a price, likely dearly.

Others recognise now, that this is not the same world we entered as children – even if you were born after 911. We all accept technology as dramatically changing our social landscape, maybe even the odd terror attack or natural disaster will too, but we never expected something affecting so many and so much.

Man in mask during 911 disaster
Others recognise now, that this is not the same world we entered as children – even if you were born after 911.

To come out of this crisis a better person with a better direction, we need to reimagine our lives from here forward. This is an ideal time to reimagine as many recognise that we’ll be functioning in a forever changed world. We need to reimagine to survive and to prosper.

In fact, if there was ever a time to look at work alternatives to traditional jobs, and to reimagine our lives outside of their false protection – this is it!

Some of us may get the chance to go back to work (until next time something happens), some may not. For some, reinvention will be a requirement, but how do you reinvent yourself in the face of such adversity?

First, if you’re able to return to the same industry or things haven’t changed too dramatically for you, (perhaps you’re already working at home), all you need to consider is your chosen career path but with the addition of a safety net, if and when something like this happens again. Just as we will get through this, an outbreak of a similar or stronger virulence will likely reoccur. Just look back chronologically at what’s happened over the last little while – SARS, foot and mouth, Avian Flu, AIDS, MRSA, Ebola, even common flu the list goes on and we haven’t gone back as far as Spanish Flu.

Heavy road traffic while commuting.
Just as we will get through this, an outbreak of a similar or stronger virulence will likely reoccur eventually.

If your life has been turned on-end but you will be able to return to work, although perhaps not in exactly the same capacity, future or likely income, you need to review things, it is not an option unless you are prepared to risk making no plans for a future crisis. Just look at the future of the retail industry and their experience at the time of Covid-19.

Reimagining your life doesn’t have to fear based. It can be an opportunity to seek out new opportunities and may even be fun. Imagination can be fun. Imagination can be necessary. It was Einstein who in 1929 said, “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination encircles the world”.

“ Life does tend to throw you a “curved ball” sometimes. I know from my own experience. I also know that you have to position yourself appropriately for the next one thrown at you.

Most of these reading this will know that I believe our future is driven by the internet and this industry and marketplace likely in turn, provides opportunities for us too. The benefit is that there are an untold number of areas to which we might apply ourselves and at what level of commitment.

Woman working at home online
The benefit online is that there are an untold number of areas to which we might apply ourselves and at what level of commitment.

In my opinion, to jump on the digital arena and expect to earn a living from the next month is unrealistic despite what some would have you believe. I do however believe that with the right approach (even if worked part time) you could see a return (certainly of investment) within the first 6-12 months.

After this, and unlike traditional jobs, income can keep increasing. In this time, immediate security is important. You have to put food on the table but even then, the time to reimagine how your life could be is both a worthwhile exercise and, in this day, and age, with the present experiences after the outbreak, possibly even a necessity.

This time to reimagine how your life could be is both a worthwhile exercise and, in this day, and age, with the present outbreak, possibly even a necessity.

Dr. Stephen Bray 2020

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