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It’s been a tough year for most of us. The COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and degrees of isolation has affected every household. Many people are bracing themselves for more bad news. What does the future hold?
A year ago, many businesses failed or made significant losses. Many employers had to lay off or furlough employees. Last month, about one in 20 people who want a job can't find one.
Rediscover Your Purpose and Identity
Last year, I decided to quit my job. I was prepared and knew exactly what I was going to do. However, some years ago it wasn’t like this, and I had to prepare myself for redundancy. At the time, simply hoping for the best was not an option.
Here’s my story at an earlier stage of my career; it’s unaltered. From this, it is my hope that you may learn how to rediscover your purpose and identity in times of adversity.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. – Erasmus
My preparations have taken me on a journey of discovery. I’ve learned about those things we often take for granted, and of things I hadn’t even considered. The things that define me.
It seems strange now, but at the beginning of last year, I didn’t really understand or appreciate my talents or values. Such things are at our core, yet I had lost connection with them.
What’s more, I learned that people see me very differently to how I see me. For instance, that I am my worst critic. And I don’t need to apologize for my temperament.
I learned to be comfortable in my skin. I found myself.
A fish out of water
As a child, I was described as shy. I grew up thinking that something was wrong with me. Everything I did was in the vain attempt to conform in a world I didn’t entirely understand.