When we get what are largely referred to as “wake-up calls”, there are a number of ways in which we tend to respond to them. Either we listen to the bell alarm and get up and deal with it…..or we bury our heads in the sand, ignore it and blame outside circumstances or people for the abrupt or rude awakening.
This strange time has been a curve ball for the entire world, (despite historical timelines suggesting that we are due a pandemic in one form or another.) I do not need to say just how this has effected everyone, nor do I even think I could deduce exactly what hidden effects this time has had on our mental health, the future for our children and how we interact with each other on a daily basis.
I, by nature, refer to myself as a “bludgeoner”. I do not consider myself particularly “talented”.
Talent is a natural gift, skill is hours and hours of working on your craft. Most of what I choose to do does not come naturally to me, but I’m glad or the struggle. Every song written, every note sung has been earned through years and years of repeating menial tasks and respecting the process.
Like so many of us, I have had setbacks over these months.
This encouraged me to do things that were “out of the ordinary” for me.
From being a renowned technophobe, I’m now more adept with useful hardware and software than ever.
I have thrown myself at the things I can control and do my very best to not concern myself too greatly with what I can’t. I’ve not sang this much or played my guitars so much in years!
As a consequence, my mental health has been in a far better state and I have progressed in new and exciting ways.
In this time of things being taken away from us, I would like to ask everyone to ask themselves just how they can GROW during this time.
If things are being taken away from you then have a look around and see if you can’t spend these extra hours learning a new skill. Maybe you are able to see a new need opening up in the market? Is this the time to finally read that personal development book you bought yourself 10 years ago?
Whatever it is, I am begging you to move towards it.
Please don’t look back at this time and say, “all I did was watch crap on the internet and gain weight”.
Progress is not a straight line and we only ever fail if we stop. Do not stop. You may have obstacles in your path and there may be long and winding roads to get around them so get on the path now.
I don’t believe that lockdown will be forever, and I don’t think anyone reading this does either, therefore we all believe this too will pass. When it does pass I not only want you all to be ready to claim what you want in this new world, but I also want you all to have achieved through adversity. Upskill in whatever way you can. There is so much free information out there now, so invest in yourselves. Life is short and it’s far too short to squander all the potential I know you all possess.