"Let's just be human - not defined by anything else but the humanity we share."
We’re navigating through unprecedented times.
There’s no playbook to manage what's currently unraveling on planet earth.
The loss of so many lives is devastating.
Whilst we turn to government and medical professionals for direction, the truth is they don’t have the answers - an unsettling and sobering realisation.
COVID-19 has plunged us into a new world disorder and totally transformed everything.
The way we were last week is just a memory - suddenly stripped of our freedom and unable to live the lives we knew.
This is how it needs to be.
This utterly strange way of being has a language - a set of terms we are now intimately familiar with.
- Social distancing
- Self quarantine
- Social isolation
This is our new norm.
Whilst we've been unwillingly thrust into this situation - how we respond and help each other is our choice.
Let's choose to be considerate and think about everyone around us.
If you’re living alone, we want you to know we’re with you.
If you’re bunkered down with your family or friends and you’re anxious about the unfolding events and how they impact the people you love, we stand by you.
We're with you now more than ever. We're with each other now more than ever.
Let’s take a collective deep breath.
Let’s be measured and rational.
Let’s take every precaution possible.
Let's show our love, compassion and kindness for each other.
Let's just be human - not defined by anything else but the humanity we share.
These are the times we show character.
These are the days we stand together stronger.
These are moments that define us.
Banish ego. Let go of our differences, squabbles and frustrations of each other - we now face a real enemy, a real threat.
Let’s move forward together - united.
As we navigate through the coming months this is what we know.
We know there will be challenging days. Each of us will be tested.
We know this is just the beginning.
We also know we’re resilient.
We have heart. We’re fighters.
Let this humbling experience connect us in ways we never imagined.
Let’s look after each other. Let’s be good to each other.
Let’s stand together and do everything we can to get us all through this.
Dark clouds pass.
With love, respect, hope + faith always.
I'm the founder of SpaceNation home to 1derground, NeumNotes + Peoplekind. I'm also a super proud StartUp Grind Ambassador. Politics is a passion, working with the Greens on Local, State and Federal Elections - I also campaigned for Hillary in the USA. A former journalist, I transitioned to a leadership role at a multinational pharmaceutical company, before becoming a corporate rebel and joining the startup community. I was Head of Sales & Innovation for Brand Collective in Australia + New Zealand. Now, I'm COO at MarineTraffic - helping transform shipping tech. Find me somewhere between US + Europe + Australia, speaking at conferences and events.