In the midst of the nation's shut-down due to the corona virus, many people either have completely lost their jobs or are forced to work from home. In either case, one thing is certain: life will eventually go back to "normal" and we will resume our normal lives. But...do we really want to pick up where we left off?
When I became self-employed full-time, it was a decision that brought about a lot of joy and a lot of uncertainty. No longer did I have to check in with a boss or be at work at a certain time. I was in full control of my schedule -- and I ended up in the long-run making more money than I did when I was employed. No, it wasn't as if I made more per hour, but there were no income caps. I could work all day and all night without worrying about getting in trouble for working more than I should.
There was one certain job in a garden center that I did enjoyed working at -- as an employee. But the "job aspect" of that kind of work got in the way of my joy for the work. I had to clock in by a certain time, answer to authority, and have my day be ruined because of one person. If the weather is bad, would my boss still want me to come to work?
When I first worked here years ago, I truly enjoyed it. But once you become self-employed, well, working at a "real job" is no longer fun. So to this day, I do what I can to avoid working a "real job" and to remain 100-percent self-employed.
Self-employment is a path I want to remain on. Being employed is a path I don't ever want to return to.
Now, think about what you just left behind due to this current shut down. Do you truly miss it? Do you really want to go back to it? If not, then this is the time to think about where you want to go in your life.
We may be wishing for the country to open up again, but remember that when it does, you may have to return back to where you came from. Do you want to do that? Is the life that you had to temporarily leave behind worth running back to? Or would you rather start off with a clean slate?
For some of you, this shut down is a new beginning. No, it may not be a comfortable beginning, and it may even be downright frightening. But a new beginning is a new beginning, a time to re-identify yourself and to start on a new path.
For some of you, this shut down is a chance to reflect on whether or not you want to continue on your path. You said that you loved your old life, but now that you're taking a break from it, is it a life that you still want to live? If so, then perhaps you've found your calling.
The best time to evaluate your life is from a distance. If you're in a building and the fire alarm went off, you probably only smelled some smoke, but saw no fire. But once you exited the building and looked back, you saw that the roof was completely engulfed in flames! Had you stood around a little longer, the building could have collapsed on you.
Maybe the life that you've temporarily left behind didn't seem all that bad, but once you look at it from a distance, you may see that it isn't something you want anymore. Just like you wouldn't want to re-enter that burning building, you wouldn't want to re-enter your old life.
I truly disagree with how the government is handling this virus. I truly disagree with shutting down the country. I truly disagree with the statistics and I believe that something else is going on. But regardless of what I believe, I have to admit that this shut down can be a great thing to help YOU and ME re-evaluate our life's direction. Are we still on the right path or do we need to seek another path to travel on?
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