“Having to miss my daughter’s wedding due to COVID”
“Having to adapt to the “new normal” of virtual life”
“I’ll have another big decision to make when I graduate in six months…”
Tough decisions don’t always have to be related to work! One’s personal life decisions are equally impactful and at times stressful to make. As it’s been a year since the pandemic started, undoubtedly, this situation feels like an anxiety-inducing marathon we did not ask for. We have the expectation of going back to our “normal life” and have this sense of freedom again. Having said this, going about day-to-day life in this pandemic could be made easier when people can relate to each other’s experiences one way or another.
Having said this, below are excerpts collected from different perspectives from professionals and post-graduate students who were willing to share what was tough and their reasons why.
Pete Waxman – MBA Student (Hult, London)
The toughest decision I had to make during the pandemic was also one of the biggest decisions of my life. At the height of the global Covid-19 pandemic, economic recession, and unemployment I quit my job, sold my belongings, and moved halfway across the world.
I had enjoyed some success and comfort working for a consulting firm in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. I had demonstrated my value to executives, was assigned to major client projects, and earned the trust and companionship of my colleagues. I had lived in Cleveland for 6 years and was fortunate to live in close proximity to old friends, my direct family, and over a dozen extended family members. During those 6 years, my mom had battled Pancreatic Cancer, which brought my family even closer together. Unfortunately, it took her life in February 2020.
Why was I willing to walk away from a heartbroken family, my job, and my friends, especially under such uncertain circumstances? I wasn’t happy.
At no fault of my employer, or my family, I did not feel fulfilled. Like many people, I was eager to escape my comfort zone, venture into the unknown, and experience something different. At 28 years old, it felt like now or never. In August 2020 I moved to London to pursue my MBA and live with my girlfriend. Following my girlfriend to London was a driving force behind my decision, nevertheless, a change of this magnitude was a certainty in my life.
Now we are in the midst of a countrywide lockdown and the future is uncertain. I’ll have another big decision to make when I graduate in six months, and my mental health and well-being will be a priority when that time comes. If I had never left Cleveland, I’m sure I would have found contentment. But I can guarantee one thing after experiencing a year of love, social restrictions, and unimaginable loss – nobody lays on their deathbed wishing they had seen and done less.
Russ Walsh – Principal Regulatory Compliance Advisor (General Electric)
The pandemic of 2020 touched nearly every person on the planet. For me, many good things came from 2020 and many difficult situations also came up. The most difficult decision was having to miss my daughter’s wedding due to COVID travel and social restrictions.
Alexander Burn – Shift Leader (Gog & Magog)
My hardest decision that I have had to make during the Covid-19 outbreak has been relinquishing my passion for reading and instead focusing on myself and my career wants/goals. Usually, I’d spend my free time between work shifts reading as a way to relax however doing so took away time I could’ve spent improving myself and looking for work I’d actually enjoy. Basically, I was using reading as a scapegoat and when lockdown happened I realized as such.
Wesley Garcia – MBA Student (Hult, London)
Having to adapt to the « new normal » of virtual life which i am not used to and find quite challenging because having a face to face interaction with someone creates a bond and relationship that you don’t really get virtually. Additionally, focusing for hours and hours on a screen i.e having lectures can be very challenging because of all the distractions we have in our homes.
Maria Lim – Senior Consultant of Information Management (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
As a social person the toughest decisions I’ve had to make revolve around not being able to be with family and friends due to the lockdown.
These revolve around :
*Not being able to provide that reassurance through touch and a hug
*Not being able to celebrate in close proximity with each other
*Not being able to have a “chinwag” over coffee, lunch, or drinks
*Not being able to travel and explore the world with loved ones
This pandemic has made us realise the importance of these moments that we may have previously set aside as unimportant because they have always been part and parcel of our daily life.
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