"A crisis can either make us or break us. Let it make us."
We should never forget how this pandemic is making us feel.
Everything is different. This is why.
Like many of us, every year I reflect on the year that was.
I think about:
It’s a time that provokes deep thinking and defines goals for the year ahead.
The list went on.
This crisis forced a reset.
The loss of life and suffering around the world is devastating - incomprehensible. Slap in the face perspective.
From the confines of our home - we have been humbled. We've all been put back in our place to focus on what matters most. Everything else has been stripped back.
The ambitious goals list is no more. The new world disorder has forced a new goal.
A goal not requiring financial investment for it to be realised. A goal not requiring a plane trip to another country, a course or a conference to attend.
A single goal with a simple focus.
New 2020 goal: Just be happy
That’s not to say, goals on lists don’t create happy experiences - it’s just that right here and now - being happy in the simplest of forms, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and the people around us.
It’s a realisation that ultimately our happiness and the happiness we create is what matters most. It forms part of our legacy and it can be sparked in the most simplest of ways.
I’ve rediscovered happiness in:
We can not forget how this situation is making us feel today.
We can not forget who and what we miss. Miss with intensity.
Everything is different.
Over the coming months, as we navigate through this situation and head towards the other side, we must resist the temptation to go back to how we were.
We must force ourselves and each other to remember these days and the way this crisis makes us think and feel right now.
This pain and reflection is our catalyst for long term change. Change for good.
We must embrace this opportunity to forge deeper and more meaningful connections with each other.
It’s our chance to recreate community at a time when ego was dominating and community was crumbling.
This is an opportunity to simplify our complex lives and focus on the basics.
For me, I’ve found my happy and I’m not letting go.
A crisis can either make us or break us.
Let it make us.
How have your goals changed?
What’s your happy?
I'm the founder of SpaceNation home to 1derground + 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.