David Bowie reached out from the past to capture the mood of 2020 in the first line of his song Changes:
‘Still don't know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild, a million dead-end streets and
Every time I thought I'd got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet’
When the calendar ticked over to 2020, it seemed that everything was on the uptick. Economy was roaring. Projects and progress were eagerly anticipated. Advancements in technology and patient care seemed to happen daily.
We thought we had it made. Until a tsunami of change we might name Pandemic, struck.
Pandemic is one of those words we knew and had tucked away somewhere in our collective psyche. Like the words hurricane or tornado are present in the minds of those who live in vulnerable zones. We know the concepts and most of us have watched news reports on the devastation these events can cause - but unless we are directly impacted we keep them in the back of our minds.
We keep them there even when the newscasts begin warning us that hurricane season is near, that tropical storms are forming, or that the cone is headed toward such and such an area. It’s only when we get that call from a relative that needs to flee, or has property damaged, or is suffering personal injury that we tend to really pay attention.
Back in January and February we were starting to the hear the echos of something rising among us. But no real alarm. Then, as if we had no idea what was coming, it hit. The thunderous crash of a massive door falling on our public awareness like a bomb. Lock down.
No one I know had ever experienced a local, regional, or national lock down. A real health crises - not one manufactured to get press or win grants. The taste was not so sweet.
It felt like we immediately went from booming economy and all signs on the positive to, record unemployment, rampant stagnation, personal isolation, and then public outrage. Boom.
Change was forced upon us, suddenly, almost violently.
How did we handle it?
Next, a few tips on turning your dead-end streets of change into motivators for improvement and personal growth. Until then; how would you assess the way you handled this most recent turn of events? Take an honest look at how you coped and are still coping. And be ready to find ways to improve on that assessment.