Have you ever found yourself sitting in the middle of your life thinking “How did I get here? How did my life turn out like this?” This is a place I affectionately call Hurricane Shit-Storm. Maybe your smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Shit-Storm at work, at home or personally. It is funny how we are always so surprised when things don’t go as planned. When has anything ever gone 100% according to plan?! It is laughable to me that I keep deceiving myself into thinking that I can somehow control every possible variable. Every damn time I am surprised when things go off the rails, belly up, fucked six ways to Sunday…etc.
Hi my name is Britta and this is me smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Shit-Storm. I am newly divorced, single for the first time in nearly a decade and newly unemployed. What was supposed to be a short stay with relatives to get back on my feet, has now turned into an unknown indefinite stay thanks to COVID.
Good news is I am alive. Bad news is I am still breathing and conscious. It’s hard to communicate what it feels like to feel stripped of every dream you had for yourself. It is naked. It is raw. It is vulnerable. But best of all it is REAL. Bullshit doesn’t survive Hurricane Shit-Storm. I like REAL. I need REAL. If you have to rebuild anything from the ground up, be that your career, your personal life or your company the best place to start is REAL.
We are all in our own little Hurricanes right now. The collective trauma of this pandemic will be imprinted on us for the rest of our lives. The gift of this time is that when the pandemic has subsided what will be left over will be REAL. I am excited to see the bullshit that humanity decides to leave behind post pandemic.
Here are 5 things that I know right now are REAL for all of us in this crazy time:
- We can’t do this alone.
- We are adaptable.
- We can be innovative in the face of emergency.
- We are stronger than we think we are.
- Change is inevitable.